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Was Georgia teen's death really an accident?

  • Kendrick Johnson was only 17 years old when he died in January of this year
  • Two different autopsies showed two very different explanations
  • Watch 'HLN After Dark' tonight at 10 p.m. on HLN

Kendrick Johnson was only 17 years old when he died in January of this year. Details surrounding the teen's death are still unclear, raising the question of whether it was a tragic accident or something more sinister.

Johnson was found dead in a gym at Lowndes County High School in Georgia. The original autopsy report ruled Johnson's death an accident, stating Johnson suffocated after getting stuck in a gym mat while reaching for a sneaker. Johnson's parents weren't convinced it was an accident, and they got a court order to have their son's body exhumed. The second autopsy report showed the teen's death was not an accident and raised the possibility of foul play, stating that Johnson had "non-accidental, blunt force trauma." Plus, the pathologist discovered even more horrific details.

Investigators have closed the case, but Johnson's parents are continuing to do their own investigating, convinced their son was murdered. Tonight on HLN After Dark, our experts walk you through the tragic scene, the blood stains, the evidence photos and the surveillance video that shows Johnson in the gym. What does the evidence say and does it show the teen's death could have actually been a murder?

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