13 Years Later, Big Reveal in JonBenet Ramsey Case
Grand jury had actually voted to indict her parents
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2013 9:16 AM CST
Updated Jan 28, 2013 11:30 AM CST
This file image made from an undated family video shows JonBenet Ramsey performing during a beauty pageant.   (AP Photo/Ramsey family video)

(Newser) – Another major decade-old case is getting fresh press thanks to a Boulder Daily Camera exclusive. As the paper reports, the district attorney's Oct. 13, 1999, announcement that the grand jury investigation into the death of JonBenet Ramsey had concluded without "sufficient evidence to warrant a filing of charges against anyone" omitted one big fact. The grand jury had actually voted to indict someone: John and Patsy Ramsey. The charge would have been "child abuse resulting in death," and it would have had them face a sentence of as many as 48 years, but then-DA Alex Hunter wouldn't sign the indictment.

A juror tells the Daily Camera, "We felt the adults in the house may have done something that they certainly could have prevented, or they could have helped her, and they didn't." But Hunter reportedly didn't believe he could prove that case beyond a reasonable doubt. A former assistant DA confirms the vote, and calls Hunter's decision the right and "courageous" one to make in the face of public pressure to resolve the case. Some legal experts say Hunter may have actually been required to sign the indictment under state law, and then dismiss it in open court. A new DA exonerated the Ramsey family using DNA evidence in 2008.

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squiggysmom1
Sep 20, 2013 3:55 PM CDT
The evidence that it was the Ramseys was just overwhelming from the beginning. Everything pointed to them and to no one else. There had to have been people in high places that helped them stay free. The former Boulder, CO police chief, Mark Becker, was very bitter that the Ramseys were never indicted.
Lanorexic
Mar 19, 2013 7:20 PM CDT
This is a case of money getting a pass from the criminal justice system. I don't know what Jonbenet's parents did to earn a grand jury indictment but it must have been serious.The fact that the District Attorney refused to sign the indictment simply means he was probably buddies with John and Patsy on a personal level. I'll tell you what, if an average citizen that earns minimum wage were indicted by the grand jury he'd be picked up by the police so fast it would make your head spin. Plus, he'd be in prison right now, evidence or no evidence. It's always sickening to see how the wealthy skate when it comes to paying the consequences for their criminal actions. You only have to look at our Presidents and Congressmen to watch them walk for serious felonies that you and I would be imprisoned for.
ZAXXON
Jan 29, 2013 12:00 PM CST
What was the ransom for $183,000? or $ 143,000 they totally knew more than they wanted to share