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Judge: Covenant School shooter’s writings will not be made public ‘at this time’

Judge: Covenant School shooter’s writings will not be made public ‘at this time’

Nashville police block the entrance to Covenant School, after three children and three adults were shot and killed on March 27, 2023.

Nashville police block the entrance to Covenant School, after three children and three adults were shot and killed on March 27, 2023.

(NewsNation) — Writings by the shooter who killed six people at The Covenant School in Nashville will not be released “at this time” following a ruling by the presiding judge.

NewsNation affiliate WKRN reported that Davidson County Chancellor I’ashea Myles issued the ruling Thursday night.


“Tennessee courts have determined that unrestricted access to all records at any time does not serve to uphold the system of justice upon which we all rely to ensure that the criminal legal system and investigations remain fair and impartial to all persons involved,” Jude Myles wrote in the ruling.

Myles added that killer Audrey Hale’s written materials are subject to federal copyright law, and that the shooter’s family received legal ownership of them following their initial seizure.

“You cannot comply with both the TPRA and federal copyright law, so state law must yield to federal law.

“Therefore, the materials created by Hale are exempt from disclosure under federal copyright law.”

Hale killed six people, three of whom were children, on March 27, 2023. In a change from previous similar incidents, the “manifesto” has not been made public.

The 28-year-old transgender shooter was killed by Metro Nashville Police at the school.