After all this time, there is finally an update in the JonBenet Ramsey case. A grand jury indictment which was just released on Thursday shows that the grand jury decided that charges of child abuse which ultimately led to the death of, and also being accessories to a crime were both placed on John and Patsy Ramsey back in 1999.
The four pages that was shown to the public indicated the jury believed that both Ramsey parents allowed the child to be “unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child’s life or health, which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey”. These statements basically state that the grand jury felt the Ramseys knew who killed their daughter but did not intervien to help save her life. But they were not accused of being the child’s killers.
Alex Hunter was Boulder District Attorney at that time, and he did not sign the indictment, because he thought he would never be able to prosecute the parents due to a lacking of evidence. In order to obtain a grand jury indictment is to have probable cause and it does not have to be unanimous among the grand jurors. Hunter would have had to have established the case beyond any doubt to win it at a trial.
Each of the charges that were in the indictment carried a statute of limitation of three years.
The documents, which were sealed by the jury in 1999, were finally released to the public by retired Judge Robert Lowenbach, who was responding to a lawsuit that had been presented by Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan because he was wanting to see the release papers of the unprosecuted indictment of the Ramseys.
After an earlier ruling this month that the documents being released would not infringe grand jury secrecy rites, the Boulder County District Attorney handed over the documents so Lowenbach could review them. After he did so, on Wednesday, Lowenbach stated that the papers would indeed be released to the public.
However, according to court records, the documents surrendered to to the court were made up of 18 pages, nine pages each related to one of JonBenet’s parents. Lowenbach decided that the pages signed by the foreman of the grand jury would be reflected as “official actions” of the jury and only released them.
John Ramsey himself had written a letter saying he was against the release of the indictment without the whole jury record also getting released.
There had previously been two different appeals that ended up banned which were brought up by Brennan wanting to view the indictment papers under the ruling of the Colorado Open Records Act.
JonBenet Ramsey was discovered Dec. 26, 1996, dead in the basement of the family’s home in Boulder, CO. It was numerous hours later that the mother, Patsy Ramsey, called up 911 saying her daughter had vanished and that a ransom note had been found.
On Oct. 13, 1999, which was over a year after the case first went to a grand jury, Hunter declared that grand jury research had come to an end and that there would be no charges filed because of a lack of evidence. With this JonBenet Ramsey update, one wonders if any answers have been found.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble