A grand jury voted to indict the parents of murdered beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey 13 years ago, but prosecutors refused to press charges, it was revealed today.
The six-year-old was found bludgeoned and strangled to death in the basement of her home in Boulder, Colorado, on Boxing Day in 1996.
For years, her parents John and Patsy Ramsey, remained suspects until finally being exonerated in 2008. No-one has ever been convicted.
Now it has been revealed that a Colorado grand jury voted to indict the Ramseys in 1999 on charges of child abuse resulting in death, a felony that can carry up to 48 years in prison.
But sources, including members of the grand jury, told the Boulder Daily Camerathat District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to sign the indictment vote, apparently believing he could not prove the case beyond reasonable doubt, and never revealed the result.
Instead he announced the end of investigation, saying: ‘I and my prosecution task force believe we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant a filing of charges against anyone who has been investigated at this time.’
A lawyer for John Ramsey has praised the decision.
Attorney Bryan Morgan said: ‘If what you report actually happened, then there were some very professional and brave people in Alex’s office.’
It is unclear whether the DA acted properly in not signing the indictment.
However, one expert told the paper that in her opinion proper legal procedure would have been to sign the document and file it with the court before going to open court to dismiss the charges.