A civil rights case?
King has alleged that if Kendrick had been white, the investigation would have gone differently. He doesn't believe race tells the whole story though.
"You have to consider race as a factor, but I don't think that that's the end-all in terms of trying to understand why this case was handled in the way that it was," he said Thursday.
"We believe that, certainly, if there is a coverup it is a coverup for somebody, and not a nobody," he said.
Prine, the sheriff, is white, as are about 60% of the county's residents. However, sheriff's office officials have rejected the claim that race influenced the case.
"Race never played into it," Stryde Jones of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office said in May. "The victim played into it. That's who we're working for is the victim and the victim's family."
King said none of the materials released Monday are expected to show exactly what happened to Kendrick.
But they could cast doubt on the official explanation and nudge officials toward reclassifying Kendrick's death to allow a new investigation into what happened, King said.
"Essentially, it shifts the focus from what the sheriff had offered to other theories that were not explored and that have I think begun to slowly creep to the surface," King said after the hearing.
On Thursday, Lowndes County Coronor Bill Watson said he has not made a decision yet on whether to open a coroner's inquest into the death. That would be the first step in reclassifying the death to something other than accidental to allow a fresh investigation into the circumstances.
Watson said he would make that decision in "the next day or so."
"And I'm emphasizing the 'or so'," he said.
Regardless of what happens, Kenneth Johnson said Thursday the family has no choice but to keep pressing on.
"We're fighting for Kendrick to the end," he said.