In March, the Bells countersued Kendrick's parents, Kenneth and Jackie Johnson, who filed a wrongful death suit earlier in the year alleging a vast cover-up implicating the GBI, local law enforcement and school officials.
In their suit, Jacquelyn and Kenneth Johnson’s attorneys allege an unnamed female lured their son into the old gym at Lowndes High where he was fatally beaten by the brothers at the behest of their father, FBI agent Rick Bell. The Johnsons seek $100 million in damages.
The Bells denied the allegations in their counterclaim, accusing the Johnsons of using “others as their authorized agents to post messages on various social media, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, instant messaging, and the like, that were defamatory of the Bells.”
Brian and Branden Bell were cleared by local and state investigators who concluded Johnson died accidentally. Subsequent testimony placed Branden Bell on a school bus headed to a wrestling tournament in Macon at the time Johnson was last seen alive, while surveillance cameras showed his younger brother Brian was in class, across campus.
“The case is built solely on suspicion, innuendo and rumor, not evidence,” said Ladson, adding that his clients will take “every legal step available to protect their constitutional rights and their ability to work and pursue litigation necessary to restore their good names. “