OFFICIALS release more Columbine documents

Saturday, May 12th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) _ Jefferson County officials released hundreds of pages of documents describing evidence recovered from Columbine High School and the homes of the two teen-age killers.

The documents, released Friday under court order, detail evidence logged by federal and state investigators who responded to the April 20, 1999, attack that left 12 students, a teacher and the two gunmen dead.

Brian Rohrbough, whose son Daniel was killed outside the school, said the documents cast doubt on the thoroughness of the sheriff's investigation. In particular, he said, they show a discrepancy in the number of bullet holes in his son's shirt.

Rohrbough is suing the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, alleging police killed his son in an exchange of gunfire with the gunmen. He said one newly released document lists two bullet holes, but when he saw the shirt he counted three.

``It shows the quality of their examination,'' he said in Saturday's Rocky Mountain News. ``The idea that you can miss a bullet hole in front of a shirt is absolutely amazing to me.''

A call to the sheriff's office for comment was not immediately returned on Saturday. Sheriff John Stone has refused to answer most questions about Columbine, citing pending lawsuits.

The documents, about 900 pages, list shell casings, bullet fragments, pipe bombs and debris found by sheriff's investigators, detectives, the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The Jefferson County attorney's office released 11,000 pages of reports in November. Last month, a judge ordered all documents relating to the investigation be released after families of the victims sued.

``We know there are yet thousands and thousands more pages, and from those, we'll learn how many more things are missing,'' Rohrbough said. ``I'm just amazed at the length they have gone through to keep us from this.''