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Friday, October 25, 2013

"Grand Jury Sought to Indict JonBenet Ramsey’s Parents, Documents Show"

From The New York Times:

DENVER — Nearly a decade before DNA evidence cleared the parents of JonBenet Ramsey in the killing of their 6-year-old daughter, a grand jury pursuing the case decided to indict the couple on charges of child abuse leading to the girl’s death, according to documentsunsealed on Friday.

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In 1999, a grand jury investigating the case decided to charge John and Patsy Ramsey with “knowingly, recklessly and feloniously” placing the girl in a position that led to her 1996 death. They did not pursue murder charges. The jury’s foreman signed the indictments, but prosecutors declined to file any criminal charges against the couple, who had long declared their innocence.

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In 2008, prosecutors in Boulder County wrote a letter to Mr. Ramsey exonerating his family, which had lived for years shadowed by suspicions and conspiracy theorists. Prosecutors said that new techniques of forensic analysis had found DNA traces from an unidentified man on JonBenet’s long johns, which matched a drop of blood found on the girl’s underwear.

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