ATLANTA, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A federal prosecutor said Thursday he will formally review the death of Georgia teenager Kendrick Johnson, which local authorities determined was accidental.
Johnson, 17, was found wedged between wrestling mats in his Valdosta, Ga., high school gym in January. Lowndes County sheriff's investigators ruled Johnson's death an accident, saying he'd accidentally become stuck while reaching for a lost sneaker and suffocated.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy supported the accidental death conclusion but a private pathologist working for Johnson's family said he died from a heart attack, caused by a blow to his face, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said the investigation left "several questions" unanswered.
The announcement came one day after a Lowndes County judge ordered video surveillance footage from the gym turned over to Johnson's family.
Moore said he would recommend criminal or civil rights charges if warranted.
"I will follow the facts wherever they lead," he said. "My objective is to discover the truth."