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August 19, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The mystery of John Mark Karr grows as he sits in a cell, out of view behind the green chain-link fence of Bangkok's stark Immigration Detention Center, awaiting deportation in connection with the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey. Some details have emerged, however, of the apparently lonely, anonymous life he had cobbled together in this frenetic city. Karr, 41, lived a cliche.
August 23, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A "stressed" John Mark Karr agreed Tuesday to be sent to Colorado to face charges in the death a decade ago of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. Karr looked pale in his first court appearance in the United States, and his lawyer described him as "getting a little bit stressed out." "Yes, your honor," Karr responded when a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge asked him if he understood that he could fight extradition.
September 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonoma County authorities say they've lost the computer belonging to John Mark Karr, the onetime suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey case, that allegedly held the child pornography images he's charged with possessing. But the missing computer was not expected to jeopardize the case against him.
September 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
John Mark Karr, the fugitive teacher arrested and later cleared in the death of JonBenet Ramsey, arrived in California late Tuesday to face child pornography charges, weeks after DNA testing proved that he could not have killed the young beauty queen. Karr, 41, arrived at Oakland International Airport with considerably less fanfare than when he wined and dined on a flight from Thailand and was greeted by a crowd of reporters in Los Angeles.
August 24, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
John Mark Karr spent Wednesday isolated in a 6-by-9-foot Los Angeles County Jail cell a day after a judge ordered him extradited to Colorado in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case. "Our goal is to keep him safe and secure," said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. "We are watching him very carefully." Karr, 41, has admitted to being with the 6-year-old beauty queen when she was killed in Boulder, Colo., on Dec. 26, 1996. He was taken into custody in Thailand last week.
October 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
John Mark Karr was freed Thursday after a judge dismissed child pornography charges against the onetime suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey slaying because prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to take the case to trial. Judge Rene Chouteau ordered Karr released immediately, bringing an end to his two-month odyssey in the U.S. criminal justice system after he was extradited from Thailand in the Ramsey case. He left Sonoma County Jail flanked by his attorneys and rode off in a black Volvo SUV.
August 17, 2006 | Richard Fausset and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
Authorities in Thailand arrested an American man Wednesday in the slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, a major breakthrough in a decade-long mystery. The case has outlasted numerous investigators, spawned bitter lawsuits and media frenzies, and riveted a public that has followed a shifting cloud of suspicion that settled for a time over the young girl's parents. A source close to the investigation identified the suspect as John Mark Karr.
January 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The JonBenet Ramsey slaying took another tortuous twist with a report that a grand jury had indicted the 6-year-old's parents in 1999. But the prosecutor then in charge of the case, Boulder Dist. Atty. Alex Hunter, decided not to sign off on the charge of child abuse resulting in death, according to a report by the Boulder Daily Camera . The case eventually dissipated without a conviction. The Camera cited multiple unidentified sources, including jurors who are bound by law to remain silent on grand jury proceedings -- which are conducted in secret and intended to shield citizens from weak prosecutions.
July 10, 2008 | DeeDee Correll, Times Staff Writer
JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen whose slaying has stymied investigators in this college town for more than a decade, did not die at the hands of her family, the Boulder district attorney said Wednesday. New DNA evidence supports the theory that an unidentified man killed the child, Mary Lacy said.
August 25, 2006 | ROSA BROOKS
IT'S BEEN a good week for the media, and a bad week for parents. The arrest of former schoolteacher John Mark Karr in the slaying of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey launched a flurry of excited stories about pedophiles, child abduction and murder. The cable news stations could hardly hide their glee, and even the New York Times joined in.
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