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Questions remain in Crandon shootings
Some basic details withheld in report
Appleton Post Crescent, Associated Press
February 9, 2008
[Excerpts] The state Justice Department's final report on last fall's mass murder in Crandon is 1,265 pages long, with witness interviews galore, photos, diagrams, even evidence transfer receipts. But even now, four months after the slayings, the report still is missing some basic information. It doesn't contain any autopsy reports, transcripts of cell phone messages to and from the victims and the killer, Tyler Peterson. And it doesn't name the sniper who shot Peterson seconds before the young sheriff's deputy took his own life. It does have a three-page explanation for the missing material. Justice Department Records Custodian Dean Stensberg said he chose not to include the autopsies in the report because they were "personal and graphic." He said the agency by law must wait to see if anyone challenges the release of the message transcripts... Agency spokesman Kevin St. John said requests for those specific records would be considered under Wisconsin's Open Records Law, which says government records are generally open to the public. Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, questioned why the agency couldn't have put out everything at once. "Withholding information breeds distrust and suspicion," Lueders said. "Why not release this information? They know they're going to get requests for it anyway"... Peterson, a Forest County sheriff's deputy and part-time police officer, showed up at his ex-girlfriend Jordanne Murray's Crandon apartment where she was throwing a party during the early morning hours of Oct. 7. He found Murray snuggling with another man, the Justice Department report said, and partygoers kicked him out. Peterson got his SWAT assault rifle out of his truck, walked back to the apartment and broke down the door. He sprayed the apartment with bullets, killing Murray, 18, and five of her friends. A seventh partygoer was wounded but survived by playing dead... St. John called the amount of information the department released Thursday "unprecedented... We made an enormous amount of material available without a request so we could provide all members of the media, and thus the public, with as much information as soon as possible," St. John said. But Wisconsin Newspaper Association executive director Peter Fox said the lack of autopsies, transcripts and names reflects even more delays in getting to the bottom of the case.