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Coroner wants to seal autopsy reports in family killing

October 16, 2018

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A northern Colorado coroner is asking a judge to seal the autopsy results in the deaths of a pregnant woman and her two young daughters.

The Weld County coroner made the motion Monday after Judge Marcelo Kopcow ruled Friday that county prosecutors did not have the standing to make the request.

Three Colorado media organizations are seeking the autopsy results for Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts. Christopher Watts is charged with killing his wife and daughters on Aug. 15 and dumping their bodies on property owned by his employer.

The girls’ bodies were found in oil tanks.

Autopsy reports are presumed public in Colorado. Judges can decide to seal them under certain conditions.

The family lived just outside the town of Frederick, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Denver.

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