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Pathologist: a Family of 8 killed, feared the release of the autopsy details

  • FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, hearses for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot on April 22, 2016, with four houses in the vicinity of Piketon, Ohio, depart during the funeral of Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Neither the police, nor objections by family members directly affected Pike County Coroner David Kessler’s decision to shield the full autopsy reports of the eight victims massacre, according to Kessler’s deposition filed with the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday 14 March 2017, in response to the lawsuits by Ohio newspapers on search the full, unredacted autopsy reports. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

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  • FILE – In this April 22, 2016, file photo, bodies roadblocks on the perimeter of one of the four houses in the vicinity of Piketon, Ohio, where seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found shot at the intersection of Union Hill Road and Route 32 in Pike County, Ohio. Neither the police, nor objections by family members directly affected Pike County Coroner David Kessler’s decision to shield the full autopsy reports of the eight victims massacre, according to Kessler’s deposition filed with the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday 14 March 2017, in response to the lawsuits by Ohio newspapers on search the full, unredacted autopsy reports. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A coroner says concerns raised by family members not directly affect the decision to use a shield, full autopsy reports of the eight Ohio massacre victims.

Pike County Coroner David Dessler says family members raised concerns about releasing details of how the victims were killed.

Dessler also said in a deposition filed Tuesday in the Ohio Supreme Court that he didn’t have the conversations with the police about information that he edited in the full autopsy reports.

At issue are lawsuits filed by Ohio newspapers on search the full, unredacted copies of the reports.

The still unresolved case involves seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family were shot in four homes last April in the vicinity of Piketon.

The Columbus Dispatch and the Cincinnati Enquirer have sued for the full autopsy reports.

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