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The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the student-athlete found dead in a rolled-up gym mat, are petitioning a Georgia judge to order a coroner's inquest into their son's death, the couple's lawyer said Tuesday.
Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson believe the surveillance video taken inside the Lowndes High School gym will show what happened to their son. So far, only a short clip of the video has been made public.
Johnson, 17, was found dead Jan. 11. An autopsy conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation indicated Kendrick accidentally suffocated inside the mat while trying to retrieve his sneaker.
Earlier this month, Kendrick's parents revealed that when his body was exhumed over the summer for a second autopsy, the private pathologist discovered his organs were missing and newspaper had been used to fill the body cavity.
"I feel outraged about them stuffing my son's body with newspaper," Jacquelyn Johnson said.
Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who helped focus national attention on the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, said the discovery raises questions about why Johnson's organs went missing and couldn't be examined in the follow-up autopsy the family requested.
"When you think about it logically, it seems to be some kind of conspiracy to conceal the truth about what happened to Kendrick and who did it to him," Crump said.
Crump said he believes the findings of an inquest would support the family's belief that Johnson's death was a homicide.
In a press conference Tuesday, lawyers said there are at least four video cameras in the gymnasium, one of which was aimed toward the corner where Kendrick's body was found.
Officials have said they must wait for consent from other minors in the video before they can release it.
The U.S. attorney's office has the video and is reviewing the case.
Contributing: The Associated Press