Court ends mediation in lawsuit over Ohio massacre autopsies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ended settlement talks in a lawsuit seeking final autopsy reports in the unsolved slayings of eight family members in southern Ohio.

At issue is a complaint by The Columbus Dispatch that’s before the court. The complaint alleges the Pike County coroner is improperly withholding the reports.

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 ruled without comment Friday to lift an earlier order requiring that the sides try to settle the matter. The newspaper opposed mediation.

Seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot at four homes near Piketon on April 22.

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