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Parents of GA teen found dead in gym mat accused of slander

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ATLANTA (AP) - A court filing accuses the parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat two years ago of libel and slander.

Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta was found dead in January 2013, inside a mat in the corner of a gymnasium at his high school. Authorities have said he died in a freak accident, but Johnson's parents believe someone killed him.

Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in January. It names 38 defendants, including three students and various law-enforcement officials.

It says two teenage brothers spearheaded an attack on Johnson and that they were acting on a "parental command" from their father.

The brothers and their father filed a counterclaim against the Johnsons last week, saying the Johnsons knowingly made false statements that harmed the family's reputation.

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