RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina judge has denied a request by media outlets to unseal information about an investigation into the fatal assault of a longtime state Board of Education member.
Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered that the records remain secret to protect the criminal investigation into the death of Kathy Taft.
Media outlets including The News & Observer of Raleigh, Capitol Broadcasting Co. and The Associated Press had asked that the judge order the release of 911 records and police documents.
The 62-year-old Taft died Tuesday from injuries she suffered in a weekend assault at the Raleigh home of her boyfriend, where she had been staying. The boyfriend was in Florida at the time.
Taft has been on the board since 1995.
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