Marcus Coleman, spokesman for Kendrick’s parents, believes the family will return to the case in the near future with a different approach:

“I do believe the Johnsons will revisit the matter,” Coleman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We did not want the civil matter to be the primary focus.”

The Justice Department’s investigation is reportedly close to wrapping up. Coleman believes the family will decide to refile at that time. So far, the investigation has shown that while Johnson was in the old gymnasium, Brian Bell was on the other side of campus. His brother Branden was with teammates and his wrestling coach en route to a tournament.

The Bell family countersued the Johnsons in March 2015 for libel and slander and has no plans to drop their suit. The family is seeking $1 million in damages.