JonBenet Ramsey: Grand Jury Voted for Indictment of Parents in 1999

    September 19, 2013
    Lindsay McCane
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Everyone remembers the murder of the young beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey. The story made headlines and had people intrigued all over the United States.

According to JonBenet’s mother, Patsy Ramsey, the family had been attending a Christmas party the night before her disappearance. Supposedly, JonBenet fell asleep in the car on the ride home and her parents carried her upstairs to her bed. That was the last time they saw their daughter. The next morning, around 5:00 a.m., Patsy walked downstairs into her kitchen and discovered a ransom note saying that they had kidnapped their daughter and were holding her captive until they received a ransom of $118,000. The note said that they would make a phone call to set up an exchange of the money for JonBenet, however the call never came and neither did JonBenet.

JonBenet was later found in the basement of her home by her father, John Ramsey. “As I was walking through the basement, I opened the door to a room and knew immediately that I’d found her because there was a white blanket — her eyes were closed, I feared the worse but yet — I’d found her,” John said later.

John and Patsy were immediately considered suspects in the murder of their daughter, but due to lack of evidence, they were never charged. In December 1996, The Rocky Mountain News quoted an Assistant District Attorney as saying, “It was very unusual for a kidnap victim’s body to be found at home — it’s not adding up.” Police and investigators also made it clear that they were focusing on the parents as their primary suspects at the time.

Now, almost 17 years later, the case is still open and still remains a mystery. However, new information has been released regarding the parents in the case and has lead to a lawsuit. Daily Camera reporter, Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press have sued the Boulder County District Attorney, Stan Garnett on Wednesday. They are requesting the release of an apparent indictment that was secretly voted on by the grand jury in the case in 1999.

“The plaintiffs believe… that the indictment is a criminal justice record that reflects official action by the grand jury, and accordingly that it is subject to mandatory disclosure upon request,” attorney Thomas B. Kelley wrote. “Alternatively, they argue the indictment should be disclosed to the public because such disclosure would serve the public interest in government transparency and not be contrary to the public interest nor cause undue adverse effect upon the privacy of the individual.”

Garnett has previously rejected this request on two different occasions. “We will respond to the motion in a pleading in court,” Garnett said. “Protecting the integrity of the grand jury process is important to every district attorney.”

The indictment was never prosecuted because the District Attorney, Alex Hunter, refused to sign the document saying: “I and my prosecution task force believe we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charges against anyone who has been investigated at this time.”

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  • http://yahoo paul stoddard

    her parents did it thay should hang

    • http://yahoo paul stoddard

      her parents did it they shuld hang

      • TED BUNDY

        Hey MORON, the mom’s DEAD! DUH!!!


      Hey MORON, the mom’s DEAD! DUH!!!

  • http://yahoo paul stoddard

    i know they did it thay should go away for along time


      Hey MORON, the mom’s DEAD! DUH!!!

      • Lucy

        Both of the parents are dead. They are getting what they deserve.

        • Linda

          the father is not dead and remarried…

    • Allison

      Really Paul? Were you there? Did you know them?

  • Allison

    I think the parents doted on the little girl and were wrongfully accused of killing her.

  • Raoul

    The prosecutor stopped the inditement. In Boulder (and elsewhere) the rich are protected no matter what they do, and the poor are always prosecuted.


      Dream on, you MORON! What’s YOUR daughter doing tonight? Know where SHE is? LMAO

  • Nancy

    This Grand Jury met in 1999. Even then the District Attorney didn’t agree and a few years ago they were both EXONERATED

  • landonmelson

    of course they were guilty ,,, money talks,, iin this it talked the ramseys right out of a murder charge,, and dumbo Mr. ramsey is not dead,, just brain dead

  • StrongTree

    So what. A grand jury would indict a ham sandwich if asked to.

  • John in Delray

    The authorities probably know who killed the little girl. But, the evidence is probably contaminated. By not prosecuting, the case remains open to allow for the remote possibility of new convincing evidence being found.

  • Janet

    There was a retired police detective who investigated this on his own. He was on a news show years ago. He felt the police in Bolder basically fixated on the parents, ruined the crime scene and so they ignored all other potential suspects, including the convicted pedophile who lived only a few blocks away from the little girl at the time of her murder, a footprint by the basement window, oddly stacked luggage by a broken window( like a way to climb up to get out) and a lot of other things that I never heard released. His evidence made me have a change of heart as to who did it for sure.