The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson has been dismissed, CNNreports.
Johnson was a Georgia high school athlete who was found dead, rolled up in a gym mat, back in January 2013. His cause of death was ruled “accidental,” with the state autopsy claiming he died of “positional asphyxia.”
His parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, believed their son was killed, and filed a $100 million lawsuit against local and state officials.The suit named Johnson’s former schoolmates, Branden Bell, Brian Bell and their father, FBI special Agent Rick bell as defendants.
U.S. district Judge W. Louis Sands threw out the case, citing the parents “failed to serve defendants with their amended lawsuit in a timely manner,” according to CNN.
The attorney for the Bell family, Patrick T. O’Connor, said in a statement, “We’re pleased to see the case dismissed once again. The case was meritless from the beginning and has now been dismissed twice,”
“The only thing remaining is for the Superior Court of Lowndes County to make an award of attorney’s fees in favor of the defendants,” O’Connor added.
Judge Richard Porter of Lowndes County Superior Court recently ordered the Johnsons to pay $300K to the Bell family for attorney fees.