12/14 Report Release May Not Be Until October

Those awaiting the release of the long-awaited public investigatory report on the criminal actions of Adam Lanza, who shot and killed 28 people including himself in Sandy Hook last December 14, likely will need to wait somewhat longer than initially thought, possibly until October.

State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said May 29 that the release of that report sometime in June is unlikely, with its disclosure coming at some later point. Lt Vance declined to say when that might be.

“We will do a complete investigation,” he stressed, explaining that state police want to be thorough in probing the mass murder.

After the police investigation is complete, it will be sent to Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, who would then write a public report on the case, Lt Vance said.

Before any investigatory information is made public, state police plan to discuss the results of their probe with the survivors of those killed by Lanza, according to Lt Vance.

On the morning of December 14, Lanza, 20, of 36 Yogananda Street, Sandy Hook, shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, 52, in her bed with a .22-caliber rifle. There was no indication of a struggle.

Later, Lanza went to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he shot his way into the building and killed 20 first-graders and six adults with a Bushmaster .223 caliber Model XM-15 semiautomatic rifle. Evidence indicates that Lanza shot at least 154 rounds from the Bushmaster there.

After killing the students and adults, Lanza killed himself with a single shot from a Glock 10-mm pistol as police approached.

Toxicology tests reportedly indicate that Lanza had no alcohol or drugs in his body when he went on the gunfire rampage at the school. The chief state medical examiner’s office, state police, and Mr Sedensky have declined comment on the toxicology test results.

In March, court officials disclosed redacted versions of five police search/seizure warrants used in the Lanza investigation.  

In a March statement, Mr Sedensky said, “After the investigation is complete, I will prepare a report regarding the matter which will include an evaluation of the crimes committed and whether or not there will be any prosecutions as a result.”

Initially, officials had said that the Sedensky report might be made public in June. However, that now appears unlikely.

Earlier this month, Mr Sedensky had said he hoped to release his report by the end of this summer.

Mr Sedensky said May 30 that it is more important that the investigation be done correctly and thoroughly, rather than quickly.

Consequently, his public report on the state police investigation may not be released until October, he said.

There are many factors involved in concluding the investigation and submitting a final public report on it, he said.

(This report was revised at 4:30 pm on May 30 to include comments by Danbury State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky, III.)

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