(CNN) -- Surveillance footage shows other minors inside a
Georgia high school gym at about the same time authorities say Kendrick Johnson
suffocated in a rolled-up mat while reaching for a sneaker, an attorney for the
school told CNN on Friday.
The attorney's acknowledgement
came in a response to a CNN open records request asking whether other minors
were recorded in the footage inside the Lowndes County High School gym on
January 10 between 1:09 p.m. and 1:20 p.m., a span of about 10 minutes after
Johnson entered the gym.
"I answer your pointed question
with 'yes,'" L. Warren Turner Jr.. the attorney, wrote in the letter.
CNN made the request after the
school declined to release certain surveillance photos or video, citing state
law that exempts the release of "education records of a minor child."
It's the latest revelation in a
case that has seen Kendrick's
parents challenge the account of authorities and demanded an inquest into
the teen's death. Attorneys for Kendrick's family have called for the release of the surveillance video.
Johnson, 17, was found dead at
the gym in Valdosta on January 11, his body resting headfirst in the rolled
wrestling mat, according to authorities.
A few still pictures, taken from
surveillance cameras at the gym, are perhaps the last known images of Kendrick
alive. They show him walking across the bare floor. Those images were released
by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.
The next pictures of the teenager
are far more horrifying: His body, clad in jeans and layered orange and white
T-shirts, is wedged in the wrestling mat. His face is bloated with pooled blood,
some of which poured out of his body and soaked his dreadlocks and spilled onto
A pair of orange-and-black gym
shoes were found a few yards from the teen's body.
A Georgia Bureau of
Investigation autopsy found that he died from positional asphyxia, and the
sheriff's office determined the death was accidental.
The sheriff has declared the
case closed, and the U.S. Justice Department said in September that it wouldn't
open a civil rights investigation. But Michael Moore, the U.S. attorney for the
district that includes Valdosta, is reviewing the case and weighing whether to
open his own investigation.
Dr. Bill Anderson, the private
pathologist hired by Johnson's family to conduct a second autopsy, found that
Johnson had a blow to right side of his neck "consistent with inflicted
A January 25 report by the
Valdosta-Lowndes County Regional Crime Laboratory cited "no signs of blunt force
trauma on Johnson's face or body." And the original autopsy results released by
the Georgia Bureau of Investigation May 2 identified "no significant
CNN's Greg Botelho and Devon Sayers contributed to