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Grand Jury Report on Columbine

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A grand jury says it's troubled by notes and files that are still missing from the investigation of the Columbine shootings. But it says it can't issue any indictments. It says all the witnesses it heard from denied any knowledge of the fate of the documents.

The grand jury looked into whether the documents were stolen or destroyed. Its report says there was ample evidence the records existed, but couldn't be located.

The records were described as a file created by Jefferson County sheriff's investigator Michael Guerra and his daily reports to supervisors.

The grand jury says the majority of the documents in that file were reconstructed, but the originals remain missing. Its report also says some computer files in the case were purged.

The report also says the grand jury couldn't determine whether the documents' disappearance was tied to a particular person or the result of a particular crime.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives at Columbine on April 20th, 1999.

A grand jury is also revealing more about what happened shortly after the Columbine High School shooting. Its report says investigators decided then not to publicly disclose a document showing that sheriff's deputies knew a year before the massacre that one of the killers had made violent threats on a Web site.

The grand jury says a private meeting of high-ranking Jefferson County officials and law enforcement officials was called to discuss the existence of the document and its, quote, "potential liabilities."

Jefferson County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Tallman isn't commenting.

The document was a proposed request to a judge for a warrant to search Eric Harris' home. It was never submitted to a judge.

Parents associated with the massacre at Columbine High School are speaking out today about a new grand jury report. Some families of victims met earlier this morning with Attorney General Ken Salazar in Denver.

Don Fleming's daughter Kelly was killed. Fleming says he's not sure someone should've been indicted and he was glad the information was out.

Brian Rohrbough's son Daniel also was killed. He was more critical, saying the grand jury's focus was too narrow and much more could have been investigated. Rohrbough says the report does confirm documents were shredded, which shouldn't be taken lightly.

Also upset was Randy Brown, who says his son was threatened by
Harris a year before the massacre and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department failed to follow up on the complaint. He met separately with other officials from Salazar's office and emerged furious. He called the report a criminal conspiracy.


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