Judge rules to unseal 1 October shooting autopsies

Route 91 Harvest Shooting (MGNOnline)

UPDATE: Judge Timothy Williams has ruled that autopsy reports are public record in a hearing on a petition from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Associated Press. Records will have the victims' identities redacted. Stephen Paddock's draft autopsy is also to be released. Check back for updates.


A Nevada judge is being asked to release autopsy records that the coroner in Las Vegas says show the 58 victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history died of gunshot wounds.

Clark County District Court Judge Timothy Williams is due on Tuesday to hear arguments from lawyers for media companies and the Clark County coroner about whether records detailing injuries and causes of death should be made public.

Coroner John Fudenberg also found that Stephen Paddock, the man who authorities say carried out the Oct. 1 shooting, killed himself with a gunshot to the mouth.

The Associated Press and Las Vegas Review-Journal are seeking the autopsy records to answer questions including whether there were delays getting medical care for any of the victims who died.

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