Attorney says photos of teen inconsistent with police report of suicide

An attorney says photographs of the body of a high school football star show images inconsistent with a law officer's report that the teen killed himself with a shotgun during a traffic stop.

Jerome Carter of Mobile, Ala. was hired by the family of 17-year-old Billey Joe Johnson. Carter said the post-autopsy photos were taken by the owner of Cowan Funeral Home, which is handling the services for the teen. Carter said authorities have told the family Johnson was killed Dec. 8 with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Carter said the wounds aren't consistent "with a shotgun blast at close quarters to the head."

Johnson died after his vehicle was stopped by a sheriff's deputy. Authorities initially said the shooting appeared to be self-inflicted. District Attorney Tony Lawrence and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are reviewing evidence in the case.

The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also is investigating the death of the star George County High School tailback, who died on the same day he was planning to attend an awards banquet.

The Associated Press