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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley Won’t Open Richard Benda Investigation File

Marty Jackley
(Courtesy @SDAttorneyGen on Twitter)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he will not allow members of the media to review investigative records into the death of a former state economic development director because a family member has not given written permission.

Richard Benda was found dead on October 22nd in a grove near Lake Andes with a fatal shotgun wound. His death was ruled a suicide.

Bob Mercer, a Pierre-based reporter who writes for several of the state’s daily newspapers, asked Jackley to release the investigative file after the attorney general issued his findings.

Jackley agreed to allow Mercer and one other reporter to review a partially redacted version of the file, but only if a member of Benda’s immediate family granted written permission.

Mercer is asking Jackley to drop that requirement.

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