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Kansas has sued the family of a deceased Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent who worked on the 1959 murders that became the subject of Truman Capote's crime novel ``In Cold Blood.''
The lawsuit seeks to block the auction of Harold Nye's case files on the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb. Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants a judge to order their return and prohibit their sale, publication or distribution.
Nye's son, Ronald, of Oklahoma City, gave the materials to Vintage Memorabilia to auction. The auction house is also named as a defendant.
Schmidt contends the files belong to KBI and should not be auctioned for personal gain. They include notebooks and crime scene photos never before seen by the public.
Ronald Nye did not immediately return a message Monday.