Judge rules documents in Warrick County death case will be open to all

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The request to seal documents in the death investigation of Kristy Kelley has been denied in Warrick County once again. It means documents that have been held from the public for years, may now be released.

Judge Zach Winsett made the decision after the request was made by Kelley’s father, Todd Scales, a second time. Winsett also denied the request for exclusivity to the documents when Scales made it the first time.

The ruling from Judge Winsett was made last week, days after Scales and his attorney argued to have temporary exclusive access to the now-public records.

The issue of unsealing the records to the public has been discussed for nearly five years. Scales has asked the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office to release them. Shortly after an appeals court made the decision that forced the sheriff’s office to release the documents, Scales made the request to see them exclusively.

Scales will now get to see the files in his daughter’s death investigation. They will be released by the Warrick County Sheriff to him at the same time they’re released to the public.

There’s no exact time or date of when the documents will be released.

The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office has announced it will not appeal a decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals to release the records.

The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office had the records sealed since Kelley’s death in 2014.

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(This story was originally published on June 13, 2019

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