Our reason for making this demand is is primarily two-fold. First, we believe that the official position of calling Mr. Kendrick Johnson's death an accident one day after his remains were found but prior to an autopsy being completed was premature. To announce to the press such a conclusion so soon after the discovery of Mr. Johnson’s body and to base it upon several highly questionable assumptions, compels us to call into question your accidental death theory. Secondly, on April 18, 2013 the Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson, further discredited the investigation by stating that the investigatory findings were premature and that the scene where the body was discovered had been greatly compromised.
Furthermore, we believe that the absence of information, in combination with what should have been the scale of this investigation, raises serious concerns about the objectivity and competency of those involved in this investigation. Hence, to the extent that this investigation has been at all times been under the control of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, we, once again, are compelled to demand that your department withdraw its involvement immediately and to place it under the control of another law enforcement agency, either state or federal.
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