1999 grand jury indictment in JonBenet Ramsey murder to be released Friday
BOULDER, Colo. — A judge ordered the release of a grand jury indictment that came against the parents of JonBenet Ramsey after her murder almost 17 years ago.
The document will be released Friday.
JonBenet was six years old when she was found murdered in her Boulder home Christmas 1996.
A grand jury voted in 1999 to indict her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, in the case.
But the man who was district attorney at the time, Alex Hunter, ignored the indictment and kept its existence secret. He apparently did not think he could get a conviction against the parents.
Legal analyst Craig Silverman has followed the case from the beginning. He says the D.A. deliberately misled the public. “The attorneys for the reporter, Charlie Brennan, argued Alex Hunter broke the law. He had to reveal the true bill. He had a right not to sign it; he had a right not to prosecute. But he did not have a right to keep it secret.”
Another Boulder district attorney, Mary Lacy, cleared the Ramsey’s and their son Burke in the case in 2008. Her decision was based on DNA analysis.