Mother: We'll keep at it 'until we get justice'
So what is the truth?
The Johnson family says one way to find out is through a coroner's inquest, a process in which a panel -- after reviewing evidence and testimony -- decides on a cause of death. They plan to file a lawsuit as early as next week to force the district attorney to force such an inquest.
If this process ends with a ruling Kendrick Johnson's death was a homicide, not an accident, then authorities would logically reopen their investigation. And with that, the Johnsons hope, they'll find out who is responsible.
Maybe then they'll see the full surveillance footage from the school gymnasium that winter day, which might show whether anyone else was there with Kendrick Johnson.
And maybe they'll find out who stuffed newspaper in place of the teenager's internal organs. GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang said the organs were placed in Johnson's body before it was sent to a funeral home. The funeral home's owner, Antonio Harrington, wrote to the family that his firm never received the teen's organs, claiming they were "discarded by the prosecutor."
Jacquelyn Johnson says the family is committed to keeping Kendrick's spirit alive.
They held a party this week to mark what would have been his 18th birthday. And Jacquelyn Johnson says she still talks to him, up in heaven, to "tell him that I love him and I missed him."
Asked why she does, the mother said, "It just gives me more motivation to keep fighting for him -- until we get justice."