COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper is suing a coroner for autopsy records in the slayings of eight people from an Ohio family.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2aPRLAM ) says a lawsuit filed Monday in Ohio Supreme Court against the Pike County coroner alleges final autopsy records have been improperly withheld.
The coroner says the autopsies are “confidential law enforcement investigatory records” that aren’t subject to public records laws. Ohio’s attorney general says he supports that position to avoid jeopardizing chances of catching the killers.
Editor Alan Miller says the Dispatch would act responsibly in dealing with the records from the sensitive case.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has filed a similar lawsuit.
Seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot at four homes near Piketon on April 22.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com