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Decision delayed on inquest in Ga. teen's death

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November 6, 2013 12:55 PM EST | AP


VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys say a Georgia judge wants to know what federal authorities discover before deciding whether to order a coroner's inquest into the death of a teenager found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat at school.

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the family of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, and Jim Elliott, the lawyer for the Lowndes County coroner, say Judge Harry J. Altman told them Wednesday he won't rule until the U.S. attorney's office in Macon completes a review launched last week. Elliott says he expects the judge to file a formal order Thursday.

Sheriff's investigators decided Johnson died in a freak accident after getting stuck inside upside down inside the mat. Johnson's parents suspect someone killed him.

Crump says he plans to appeal the judge's decision to wait.