Newspaper sues Ohio coroner for autopsies of slain family

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper is suing a coroner for autopsy records in the slayings of eight people from one southern Ohio family.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) says the suit filed Monday in the 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.