Lowndes County Teen Charged With Giving False Statement In Kendrick Johnson Case Pleads Guilty

Updated By: Winnie Wright
May 4, 2015

Valdosta, GA - A Valdosta man has admitted to giving false information to police in the death investigation of Kendrick Johnson.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says Dalton Chauncey told them of a person he said overheard a conversation in which two people admitted to being responsible for KJ's death.

The Sheriff's Office tells us that person denied hearing the conversation last July, adding Chauncey ultimately admitted to fabricating the story.

"Mr. Chauncey came to court this morning and entered a plea of guilty to one charge of making a false statement. He gave false information to the Sheriff's Office. He will be sentenced on that case on June the 18th at 9:30", says Lowndes County Assistant District Attorney, Brad Sheeley.

Chauncey is the only person to have been charged in the death investigation of Kendrick Johnson.


Updated By: Winnie Wright
February 3, 2015 5 pm

Valdosta, GA - A Lowndes County Grand Jury has indicted a local teen for providing investigators with false information on the death of Kendrick Johnson. 19 year-old Dalton Chauncey was charged with Making a False Statement.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says Chauncey was arrested last July after lying to authorities that he knew of someone who had been present during an admission to the cause of Kendrick Johnson's death.

LCSO says they quickly discovered inconsistencies in Chauncey's story, shortly afterwards, he confessed to making it up.

Dalton Chauncey has been charged with Making a False Statement and will await trial.


Eyewitness News
August 7, 2014

Valdosta, GA. -- The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says that a man was arrested after lying to authorities that he knew of someone who had been present during an admission to the cause of Kendrick Johnson's death.

Authorities say that Dalton Chauncey told police on July 18 of a person who was present and heard conversations in which two individuals made admissions that they were responsible for the death of Kendrick Johnson in January of 2013.

The mentioned individual denied every being present or having heard such conversations. Attempts to identify the two unknown person he claimed held the conversation were unsuccessful.

On July 23, investigators met again with Chauncey and explained to him the inconsistencies of his statement and the lack of ability to verify the conversation with witnesses.

Dalton admitted that he had fabricated the story while at the home of a friends in order to boast. He also clarified that the two persons he vaguely identified were fabricated and do not exist.

He was arrested on one count of providing false statements to law enforcement officers.

Sheriff Chris Prine expressed although the investigation of the death of Kendrick Johnson is closed, he continues to encourage citizens to contact investigators should they have information. Investigators have continued to follow up on all information that has been presented.


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