NAACP Probes Football Player's Death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The NAACP is conducting an independent investigation into the shooting death of a George County High School football star.

Gulf Coast NAACP President Curley Clark said the civil rights organization has ruled out suicide as the cause of death for Billey Joe Johnson, Jr.

The 17-year-old died December 8 after his vehicle was stopped by a sheriff's deputy.

The NAACP is conducting interviews, and has scheduled an independent pathologist to conduct an autopsy.

Sheriff Garry Welford had said it appeared the gunshot was self-inflicted, but he asked District Attorney Tony Lawrence and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to review the incident.

Lawrence met Monday with Johnson's family. He did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press seeking comment.

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