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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.
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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.
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March 14, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
JonBenet Ramsey's father, John Ramsey, has finally acknowledged what many Americans have long wanted to hear: He regrets showcasing his daughter in beauty pageants and parades. He also suggests that putting the girl front-and-center in the public eye might have contributed to the 6-year-old's killing. "We were so naïve," he told ABC . "I now believe with all my heart that it's not a good idea to put your child on public display. " Ramsey is currently promoting his new book, out Wednesday, about his struggle to recover from the death of his daughter, who would now be 21. John Ramsey said he's haunted, in particular, by an incident that occurred just before the girl's slaying, which took place the day after Christmas in 1996.
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March 14, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
JonBenet Ramsey's father, John Ramsey, has finally acknowledged what many Americans have long wanted to hear: He regrets showcasing his daughter in beauty pageants and parades. He also suggests that putting the girl front-and-center in the public eye might have contributed to the 6-year-old's killing. "We were so naïve," he told ABC . "I now believe with all my heart that it's not a good idea to put your child on public display. " Ramsey is currently promoting his new book, out Wednesday, about his struggle to recover from the death of his daughter, who would now be 21. John Ramsey said he's haunted, in particular, by an incident that occurred just before the girl's slaying, which took place the day after Christmas in 1996.
NEWS
August 14, 1997 | From Associated Press
JonBenet Ramsey's body was sprawled on the living room floor, covered with a blanket when the coroner arrived. Around her neck was a cord attached to a stick that was believed to have been used as a garrote. Wednesday's court-ordered release of the complete autopsy report on the 6-year-old beauty queen provided grisly new details but didn't give the time of death, which could help investigators pinpoint who was around her. JonBenet's body was discovered in the basement of her family's house Dec.
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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.
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May 12, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
John Ramsey, the father of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, announced in Charlevoix that he would run for the Michigan state House. Ramsey joins five fellow Republicans and two Democrats seeking to represent a district in the northwest corner of the state's Lower Peninsula. "Borne out of the tragedy of the loss of our daughter, I have been given a platform -- one that I did not seek," Ramsey said in Charlevoix. "But my task, I believe, is to use that platform for good."
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | From Associated Press
The lead investigator in the JonBenet Ramsey slaying strongly urged the district attorney Tuesday to turn the case over to a grand jury, which has broad powers that he said could help police catch the little girl's killer. "I have an idea of who did it," said Police Cmdr. Mark Beckner. "If I were the D.A., I would go ahead with a grand jury at this point." Beckner's statements came at the end of two days of meetings in which police presented the evidence in the case to Boulder County Dist. Atty.
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August 15, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
JonBenet Ramsey's killer was obsessed with crime movies and quoted from them in a ransom note, her parents said. John and Patricia Ramsey plan to run a newspaper advertisement Sunday--their fourth since JonBenet's death--in the Daily Camera of Boulder that includes phrases from the movies "Ransom," "Dirty Harry" and "Speed." The advertisement lists 10 phrases from movies. They include: "Now listen. Listen very carefully," from "Dirty Harry."
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April 24, 1997 | Reuters
Attorneys for the parents of slain 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey said Wednesday that police canceled interviews that had been scheduled with their clients. The interviews were to take place on Wednesday, according to a statement from the attorneys, who said the parents were anguished when they were canceled. In a statement Wednesday night, Boulder police said "they remain willing to discuss conditions for a productive interview" but declined to explain the cancellation.
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February 3, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The slaying of JonBenet Ramsey will be investigated as a cold case with all evidence and actions taken 12 years ago reviewed anew, Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said. The girl, 6, was found bludgeoned and strangled in the basement of her home in 1996. L. Lin Wood, an attorney for JonBenet's father, John Ramsey, called the announcement a "positive sign." Wood and Ramsey have been critical of previous police efforts, saying they unfairly focused on the family and ignored other evidence.
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July 14, 2008 | AL MARTINEZ
The face of JonBenet Ramsey emerges once more from the dark archives of her death a dozen years ago. Her smile is frozen at age 6, the eternal image of a little girl whose appeal and sadness continue to haunt us. We see this isn't just a picture of a child at play but a child pitched into an adult world of mascara and lip gloss as a beauty contestant, and paraded before audiences, cameras and the monsters who prey on children. She's in the news again by default.
NATIONAL
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.
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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.
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August 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
John Mark Karr, 41, waited in a private jail cell in Boulder for a court appearance Monday in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, while a public defender sought to protect DNA samples taken from his client and a sample of his handwriting. Deputy Public Defender Seth Temin filed a flurry of motions asking the judge to prohibit prosecutors and police from conducting any DNA testing without first notifying the court and the defense.
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August 25, 2006 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
The man suspected of killing 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was brought to Colorado on Thursday, even as the Boulder district attorney's office acknowledged in court papers that its investigation "is still in its very early stages." John Mark Karr told reporters in Thailand, where he was arrested last week, that he was with the child beauty queen when she died in 1996; her body was found the day after Christmas. Karr was flown to Los Angeles on Sunday and waived his extradition hearing Tuesday.
NEWS
February 25, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge extended an order to keep under seal search warrants and affidavits linked to the murder investigation of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, saying disclosure of the material could hurt the probe. The material will remain under seal for 90 days or until an arrest is made, Judge Diane MacDonald ruled. The child's body was found Dec. 26 in the family's Boulder home by her father.
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August 19, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A private investigation by the parents of JonBenet Ramsey has turned up nine possible leads into the little girl's murder, the family's lawyer told Time magazine. The "substantial, credible leads" all point away from parents John and Patsy Ramsey as suspects in the murder of the 6-year-old beauty queen, who was found slain last Dec. 26 in Boulder, Colo., lawyer Hal Haddon told the magazine.
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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.
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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.
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