Connecticut judge orders release of Newtown 911 tapes

Mourners grieve at one of the makeshift memorials for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, a gunman allegedly killed his mother at their home and then opened fire inside the school, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Connecticut judge on Tuesday ordered the release of the 911 tapes of calls from Sandy Hook Elementary School made during the December 14th shooting spree that killed 20 children and six adults.

Supreme Court Judge Eliot Prescott directed officials to release the audio recordings by December 4, a date chosen to give the state, which has fought the release, time to appeal.

Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission had ordered Newtown police to provide journalists with copies of the audio recordings, but officials appealed the ruling.

State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky said in a statement he was reviewing the judge's decision.

On Monday, Sedensky released a report on the Newtown massacre that concluded the shooter, Adam Lanza, had acted alone, but that his motivation for the attack "may never be answered.

(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz; Editing by Scott Malone)

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