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Open hearing sought on autopsies in Colorado family slayings

October 20, 2018

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for a Colorado man accused of killing his wife and two daughters have asked for a hearing in open court on whether to keep the autopsy reports secret.

The Longmont Times-Call reports that lawyers for Christopher Watts filed documents Friday saying that without an open hearing, they would have trouble learning what the prosecution’s evidence is and challenging it.

Watts is charged with killing his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their daughters, ages 3 and 4.

Prosecutors first sought to keep the autopsies secret, arguing they could sway potential jurors. The judge denied that request, ruling the coroner controlled the reports, not prosecutors.

The coroner then asked to keep them secret and requested that any specifics be discussed in a closed hearing or sealed documents.

The judge hasn’t ruled on the request.

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Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/

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