Court receives full autopsies of 8 slayings in 1 family

Rhoden family members killed in the Pike County slayings on April 22, 2016/WCMH

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has received the unredacted autopsy reports from eight slayings in one family as it considers media lawsuits seeking access to those full reports from the unsolved case.

Court filings Wednesday indicated the reports from the Pike County coroner have been submitted under seal following the justices’ April 19 request for them.

The case involves seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family who were found shot to death at four homes in southern Ohio last year.

The Columbus Dispatch and The Cincinnati Enquirer separately sued for access to the full autopsies.

Authorities want to shield information, arguing its release could compromise their investigation. The coroner says victims’ relatives raised concerns about sharing details of how their loved ones died.

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