September 5, 2014
Valdosta, GA - In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, Richard and Karen Bell, accuse Frederic Rosen, who wrote a series of articles entitled "Who Killed Kendrick Johnson" for Ebony.com of libel and defamation.
In the articles, which have since been taken down, Rosen claims that KJ was murdered. He names two fictitious brothers, Clark and Chris Martin as suspects and says their FBI agent father covered up the murder.
According to the lawsuit, those names are pseudonyms that reference the Bell brothers. As a result, the Bells say, their sons were threatened with "bodily harm and ostracized".
"The gist of your libelous statements was that the (Bell brothers) and possibly another unnamed student or students at LCHS, somehow lured Kendrick Johnson into the old gym and killed him (KJ) sometime on January 10, 2013. Rick Bell, an FBI agent, conspired with his sons and the LCS, LCSS, and the GBI to cover up the murder."
The lawsuit goes on to say that the Bell brothers weren't near the gym at Lowndes High during the time of death, had no motive, and were never named as suspects.
The Bell Family is seeking $5 million in damages.
The Bell Family Attorney and Ebony Magazine both had no comment on the lawsuit.
We are not releasing the first names of the Bell Brothers because they were never named as suspects.