An attorney for a Cincinnati media outlet speaks during a previous appearance in Warren County Court. The prosecution and defense in the Brooke Skylar Richardson case were in court today, Aug. 17, for a hearing about a gag order issued by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Gag order opposed in Carlisle buried baby case; judge’s decision soon

A Cincinnati media outlet opposed the order Oda issued last week precluding several of those involved from making public statements about the case.

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Richardson was in court today for the hearing with her parents.

There was no information in the hearing pertaining to the case itself.

After hearing a brief argument from the Cincinnati media outlet’s attorney, Oda said he would issue a decision by the end of the week.

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“I appreciate the public interest in the case,” Oda said, adding everybody has a job to do, including reporters. “The primary issue I have in this case… the participants in this trial, be it the attorneys, the investigators and our coroner, they need to do their job here in the courtroom instead if doing their job out in the hallway or in the lobby or at a podium that is not in this courtroom.”

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Richardson, 18, is charged with aggravated murder and other felonies for allegedly purposely killing the baby after birth on May 6 or 7, then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her Eagle Ridge Drive residence.

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