Judge to release indictment in JonBenet Ramsey case

From the (Boulder) Daily Camera:  A judge has ordered the release of the grand jury indictment against John and Patsy Ramsey in the JonBenet case that has been sealed since the grand jury was dismissed in 1999.

Retired Weld County Judge Robert Lowenbach ruled Wednesday morning that the indictment will be released Friday in response to a lawsuit brought by Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press seeking the release of the unprosecuted indictment of the Ramseys.

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett turned over the documents for Lowenbach to review on Tuesday.

The Camera reported earlier this year that the Boulder County grand jury investigating the Ramsey case voted in October 1999 to indict the slain 6-year-old’s parents on charges of child abuse resulting in death, but that then-DA Alex Hunter refused to sign the document and prosecute the Ramseys.

The 3-year statute of limitations on the reported charges in the indictment would have expired in 2002.

According to the court order, the documents consist of 18 pages, nine relating to each of JonBenet’s parents. It’s unclear exactly how many of those pages will be released.

“It appears that the District Attorney, presumably acting at the discretion of the grand jury, prepared a series of possible charges regarding John Ramsey and Patricia Ramsey based on the fact that the child had died and that there was evidence that a sexual assault of the child had occurred,” Lowenbach wrote.

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