(WALB) --- An independent autopsy report now says the Georgia high school teen died from an "unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma."
And that conclusion contradicts the original autopsy.
Independent autopsy results are in for the17-year-old found dead in a rolled up wrestling mat a high school gym in Valdosta this past January.
Kendrick Johnson's death was ruled accidental, but the family was granted permission to exhume the body in May.
C. B. King, Jr., attorney for the teen's family has sent the independent autopsy report to federal and state authorities for review.
The coroner can call a coroner's inquest, a process that resembles a grand jury proceeding. After reviewing evidence and testimony, a jury would decide the cause of death, although the findings alone would have no civil or criminal consequences.
"Coroner's inquests are not something you do every day. I cannot tell you the last time a coroner's inquest was done in this office," Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson said.
"I want to do the right thing by the people and the county and all concerned; I'm just not sure we have enough information. I'm not about to refute anybody's findings because I'm not a doctor," said Watson.
On May 1, a judge granted the Johnsons' request to exhume their son's body for the purposes of a conducting an independent autopsy at their expense.
That autopsy, conducted June 15, found blunt force trauma to the right neck and soft tissues, "consistent with inflicted injury." It was conducted by Dr. William R. Anderson with Forensic Dimensions in Heathrow, Florida.
That finding supports the narrative of the initial patient care report, written by EMTs with the South Georgia Medical Center Mobile Healthcare Service on January 11, the day Johnson's body was discovered. That report said, "bruising noted to the right side jaw."
However, a January 25 report by the Valdosta - Lowndes County Regional Crime Laboratory cited "no signs of blunt force trauma on Johnson's face or body."
The autopsy results released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation May 2 identified "no significant injuries."
A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the agency stands by its report after reviewing the findings of the independent autopsy.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore is reviewing the case but has not launched a formal investigation.
"We've been working on this for some time," he said. "I'm sure at the appropriate time, I'll speak with his pathologist."
"There are some members of the community that question the result," Moore continued. "I want to make sure members of the community and the family and everyone involved has confidence in my work and my decision."
The spokesperson for Civil Rights Division has not yet responded to questions about the new report.