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Knox County releases juveniles’ statements after ruling from state open records ombudsman

From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:

A public records mediation office in Tennessee has ruled that statements made by juveniles who are neither victims nor being charged with an offense are part of the public record and must be released upon request, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

After the ruling, the sheriff of Knox County provided to the News Sentinel the statements given by two juveniles who witness the December accidental shooting death of the son of the county law director. The statements indicate that Trent Lockett III, 20, “engag(ed) his younger brother in a quick-draw scenario,” the newspaper reported — but had left round in the chamber of a 7.62mm pistol he’d handed to the 11-year-old youngster.