The family of Audrie Pott has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the boys accused of sexually assaulting her before the teenager's tragic suicide.
"We intend to prove in a court of law that her death was related to what they did," attorney Bob Allard said of the alleged rape and bullying she endured.
Allard said the decision was precipitated by comments made by the defendants' lawyers, who said the three boys, should be "regarded as innocent."
They further advised the public to reserve judgment about the case.
"Much of what has been reported over the last several days is inaccurate," said the suspects' three lawyers in a joint statement over the weekend.