TV Crime show wants sealed records open in RC murder case - KOTA Territory News

TV Crime show wants sealed records open in Rapid City murder case


A production company for a crime series on TV called "Snapped" is pushing for access to the sealed records to a 2010 manslaughter case.

In 2010, Amanda Kaur, who was 28-years-old at the time, pleaded guilty to killing her husband, Ira Kaur, at their New Underwood home. She was given the maximum penalty: 65 years in prison.

After sentencing, roughly 80 percent of the court file was sealed.  Wednesday, local attorney Steve Christensen asked the court to unseal the records on behalf of his client "Jupiter Entertainment," which wants to be able to use the evidence for an upcoming episode.

Included in his request is a video taped interview, a copy of the 911 tape and a suicide note.

Kaur shot her husband twice in the head and tried to make it look like a suicide.

Pennington County Deputy State's Attorney Scott Roetzel offered no objections to the request.

"It's the state's position that any items of evidence filed with the clerk's office are public record. So, as long as it's not sealed, anyone in the public could have access to these documents," said Roetzel. 

Judge Robert Mandel will allow Christensen to look at the file (in chambers) but has not authorized the production company to broadcast it.

Another hearing will determine the next step.

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