Miami Co. district attorney hopes to complete review of Rathbun case within a month

Miami County District Attorney Elizabeth Sweeney-Reeder confirmed Wednesday that her office is in the process of reviewing the Sheriff’s Department’s accident and offense reports related to the Nov. 25 ATV crash that killed SM East senior Tyler Rathbun.

Sweeney-Reeder said her office was unlikely to make a decision about how to proceed with the case within the next two weeks, but that she hoped to be able to make an announcement about what charges, if any, the office will prosecute within a month.

“Assuming we don’t have anything else big jump up that requires our resources, I would hope to have our review completed by then,” she said.

Given the fact that a fatality resulted from the accident, Sweeney-Reeder said she would likely engage another attorney to help review the extensive information provided by the Sheriff’s Department in the offense report, a document Sweeney-Reeder said is nearly four inches thick. She also received eight discs containing recorded interviews with those involved in the accident.

Sweeney-Reeder said she planned to meet with the Rathbun family before making a public announcement to explain to them her reasons for filing or not filing any specific charges.