Widow of man killed by AG Ravnsborg wants records private


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PIERRE, S.D. — The widow of Joe Boever doesn’t want the criminal defense lawyer of state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to get access of her late husband’s mental health records.

Jenny Boever, the estranged wife, is claiming a Marsy’s Law protection — a law that ensures victims of crime have equal, constitutional rights on the same level as those accused and convicted of crimes — over her husband’s psychological and psychiatric records.

“The records sought by the Attorney General have a high likelihood of disclosing sensitive details about Jenny,” Boevers attorney, Scott Heidepriem of Sioux Falls, wrote in a letter to retired Circuit Judge John Brown that was publicly filed Tuesday.

Last month, Judge Brown ordered medical providers from Aberdeen, Pierre and Yankton to turn over the health records of Joe Boever to determine if his death on Sept. 12, 2020 could be ruled as a suicide.

In defense, Ravnsborg’s attourney, Timothy Rensch of Rapid City, filed the motion of accessing Boevers medical health records on July 9.

Ravnsborg’s trial is set for Aug. 26 in Stanley County on three misdemeanor driving charges: operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device; lane driving; and careless driving.

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