Judge grants order to stop MGM Resorts from destroying evidence

LAS VEGAS - Attorneys representing  a woman injured in the Route 91 festival shooting say their motivation is to preserve answers.

The attorneys were in a Las Vegas courtroom against MGM Resorts International, trying to force the company to preserve records tied to the tragedy.

Rachel Sheppard was shot three times at the Route 91 festival. She's currently recovering.

Thursday morning, her attorney got a temporary restraining order issued against MGM Resorts International.

Sheppard's attorney Brian Nettles asked for the order to preserve key card records, surveillance video, radio traffic and anything connected to the shooting.

That includes the festival grounds and the room at Mandalay Bay where the shooting originated.

MGM lawyers argued the request was broad and unnecessary, since that material was already being preserved for law enforcement.

But Nettles said it was important to get it on the record and in open court, not just for his client, but for the public.

"Our concern is that before the discovery period starts, something bad could happen. That something could be altered, something could be destroyed. They said in court today, they're already looking at fixing or changing that room," he said.

Nettles said, he visited the shooter's room Wednesday and said it was dangerous, with bio-hazard materials and a still-broken window.

He said, MGM was looking to clean it up once law enforcement was finished. The order stops that from happening.

Both sides will be back in court Oct. 30.


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