Lawyer: Portions of Johnson's Injury Not Available

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An attorney says an independent pathologist couldn't determine if the shotgun blast that killed a high school football star was self-inflicted. Billey Joe Johnson died after being pulled over Dec. 8 in George County.

Authorities say the 17-year-old George County High tailback was wanted for an attempted burglary and shot himself. His family isn't convinced. They hired attorney Jerome Carter and an independent pathologist.

Carter said the pathologist could not determine if the blast was self-inflicted "because portions of the wound were extracted." He said he hopes the portions of the boy's head are preserved in the state crime lab.

Crime lab officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.


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  • by Sara on Dec 24, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    soorry for the family but come on ... sounds to me they are looking to take the blame off the son... mark my word there will be a law suit brought against george co sheriff office before it is all over with...
  • by Everette Location: Union on Dec 24, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    Its Sad The Young Man Died At Such An Early Age But Why Is It So Hard To Believe That The Young Man Comitted Suicide,Or Does The Family Think The Law Enforcement Officer Shot Him,And If So Would It Be Racial To Say If He Was A Black Or White Officer,Seems Like The Family Is Trying To Indicate This In A Round About Way,May Be They Could Get Jessie Jackson Down Here To Help Stir Up The Situation A Little More,Since He Thinks All Southern People Are A Bunch Of Stupid Red Neck Murderous People.
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