- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The Spartanburg County coroner plans to ask South Carolina’s attorney general if he can legally release whether autopsy results show the four USC-Upstate students killed in a wreck last month were using drugs or alcohol.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a statement Tuesday he usually releases the toxicology results when it is part of a case with public interest.

But Clevenger says when he met with the families of the four dead students Monday, some of them objected to releasing the results, reminding the coroner of a recent South Carolina Supreme Court ruling that autopsies are not public records.

Clevenger says he will ask for the opinion and abide by it.

The four students died after the car they were in ran into a tree near campus Oct. 11

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