COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court wants a settlement reached in the case of a newspaper suing a coroner for autopsy records in the unsolved slayings of eight people from one family.
A complaint by The Columbus Dispatch that is before the court alleges the Pike County coroner is improperly withholding the final autopsy records.
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.
The court on Tuesday ordered the case to mediation. The Cincinnati Enquirer has filed a similar lawsuit, which is also in mediation.
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