Chelsea’s parents ask judge to seal case documents

Attorneys hired by the parents of slain Poway teenager Chelsea King asked a judge Tuesday for an emergency order keeping certain documents in her killer’s case sealed.

John Albert Gardner III, 31, pleaded guilty Friday to raping and killing the 17-year-old Poway High senior and also raping and killing 14-year-old Amber Dubois of Escondido.

The King family said their efforts to keep documents sealed stemmed from the media’s efforts to obtain them.

Judge David Danielsen met with attorneys from all sides behind closed doors, then set a hearing for Thursday afternoon.

According to a statement released by the King family today, attorney Pat Swan will “advocate for suppression of certain documents under victims’ rights statutes.”

“This action has become necessary in response by some media outlets to obtain the release of all records related to Chelsea’s death, which runs counter to the King’s family’s wishes to honor their daughter’s memory, and to allow the community to heal,” the statement read.