Ju­rors wanted JonBenet’s par­ents in court

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

A GRAND jury re­view­ing ev­i­dence in the mur­der of six- year- old beauty queen JonBenet Ram­sey be­lieved her par­ents were in­volved, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments re­leased 14 years af­ter the panel made its rec­om­men­da­tion.

At the time, the grand jury rec­om­mended both par­ents be charged with child abuse re­sult­ing in death and as ac­ces­sories to mur­der.

The just- re­leased doc­u­ments al­lege both par­ents in­tended to de­lay or pre­vent the ar­rest of the per­son who killed their daugh­ter. They do not say who killed the girl.

Lurid de­tails of the crime and im­ages of the child in makeup and cos­tumes per­form- ing in pageants pro­pelled the case into one of the high­est­pro­file mys­ter­ies in the 1990s.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney at the time, Alex Hunter, who pre­sented the ev­i­dence to the grand jury, de­clined to pur­sue charges say­ing, ‘‘we do not have suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to war­rant the fil­ing of charges’’.

The grand jury met three years af­ter the child’s body was found in the fam­ily home in Boul­der on De­cem­ber 26, 1996.

For­mer dis­trict at­tor­ney Mary Lacy cleared the Ram­seys in 2008 based on new DNA test­ing that sug­gested the killer was a stranger, not a fam­ily mem­ber.

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