The Judds are asking the court to seal the inquest report

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The family of country singer Naomi Judd filed a court motion Friday to seal police reports and recordings made during the investigation into her death.

The family filed the petition in Williamson County Chancery Court, saying the records contain video and audio interviews with relatives immediately after Judd’s death and that releasing such details would cause “significant trauma and irreparable harm.”

The petition was filed on behalf of her husband Larry Strickland and her daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd. A representative provided it to The Associated Press with the family’s permission.

Judd, 76, died April 30 at his home in Tennessee. Her daughter Ashley has previously said that her mother killed herself, and the family said that she was lost because of “the disease of mental illness.”

The court filing also included details of how Ashley Judd found her mother alive after she shot herself. Ashley stayed by her mother’s side for 30 minutes until help arrived.

The petition asks the court to prohibit the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office from releasing the records for several reasons, including that the release would include her medical records and that the family has a right to privacy.

Tennessee public records law generally allows local law enforcement records to be released, but police have the discretion to retain records while an investigation is underway. Once an investigation is completed, this exception no longer applies. The AP left a message with the sheriff Friday seeking comment.

Strickland, Wynonna and Ashley Judd submitted statements detailing their concerns about the records. Strickland said in court that he was unaware that his interviews with law enforcement were being recorded and that he was sharing personal and private information to help with the investigation.

Ashley Judd said she was in “clinical shock, active trauma and acute distress” when she spoke with law enforcement and that she did not want those records, including video, audio and photos, to permanently remain in the public domain and haunt their family for generations.

The petition said media outlets in Tennessee had already filed public records requests in her case.

Judd’s death the day before she was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame has drawn intense national media attention to the cause of her death, but also to probate and probate.

A statement from the family said misinformation about the Judds was being spread and they wanted to state the facts while protecting their grieving process.

“Our family continues to grieve together privately, in unity and community, recognizing our mother’s beauty and talents as a gift to the world,” the family statement said. “Misinformation has been circulated as we continue to grieve, and we regret that. We only ask news organizations to cover the facts. And as we recognize that other families struggling with a loved one facing mental health crises, encourage We encourage them to seek help through NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness available 24 hours a day at 800-950-6264.”

Naomi and her daughter Wynonna Judd scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades. The red-haired duo combined the traditional Appalachian sounds of bluegrass with polished pop styles and scored hit after hit in the 1980s. Wynonna led the duo with her powerful vocals, while Naomi provided harmonies and stylish looks on stage.

The Judds released six studio albums and one EP between 1984 and 1991 and won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. They won a total of five Grammy Awards together for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love,” and Naomi earned a sixth Grammy for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

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