From the AP The Ohio Supreme Court wants to see unredacted autopsy reports from eight slayings in one family as justices consider media lawsuits seeking access to those full reports from the year-old, unsolved case.
The court on Wednesday ordered the Pike County coroner to submit the reports within two weeks for justices to review outside of public view. The court said it would receive the autopsies under seal but won't consider additional materials about why authorities want to continue withholding some of that information.
The decision came days before the one-year mark of when seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot to death at four homes near Piketon, in rural southern Ohio, on April 22.
The Columbus Dispatch and The Cincinnati Enquirer separately sued for access to the full final autopsies, but authorities want to shield the information, arguing that its release could compromise the investigation. Pike County Coroner David Kessler also has noted the victims' relatives raised concerns about sharing details of their loved ones' deaths.