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Media access to Benda death records denied

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South Dakota's Attorney General denied media access to Richard Benda's death investigation file today.

A Pierre reporter filed the request in November.

Benda is under investigation by the federal government for alleged misuse of state funds. He committed suicide on October 20.

Attorney General Marty Jackley told reporter Bob Mercer that the redacted documents could be viewed by two media representatives if a member of Benda's family granted permission.

Mercer was unable to get the family's agreement, so Jackley denied the request.

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