Indictment: JonBenet's Parents Aided Killer
1999 documents released
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
This May 24, 2000, file photo shows the late Patsy Ramsey and her husband, John, parents of JonBenet Ramsey.   (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)

(Newser) – In response to a lawsuit to have the 1999 indictment against JonBenet Ramsey's parents released, four pages of grand jury documents were revealed today; they show that John and Patsy Ramsey would have been indicted with two counts each of child abuse resulting in death, in connection with their daughter's high-profile murder. More specifically, the documents allege the parents helped their daughter's killer by permitting JonBenet to be placed in a dangerous situation, the Denver Post reports—though it notes the documents were compiled before DNA evidence exonerated the Ramseys in 2008. They were never officially indicted, since the DA wouldn't sign the indictment.

The documents accuse the Ramseys of having "unreasonably placed [JonBenet] in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life or health, which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey" and of assisting an individual "knowing the person being assisted has committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death," the indictment reads, per the Daily Camera. The Ramseys' lawyer, however, has called its release "a terrible miscarriage of justice," noting it shows only "a sliver of the evidence that the grand jury looked at and reviewed. It's just based on incomplete evidence."

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Tamara hope
Nov 28, 2013 5:12 PM CST
I agree with LuvTrinity said, for them to have protected the killer, who would a parent of a murdered child protect there child! They wouldn't go to the extent they did for anyone but a family member. I always thought Burk (brother) was involved, cause on the 911 call Patsy tells Burk "No one is talking to you, now go!) I always thought that was a strange thing to say to a child, but given the fact they had just "found" one child missing you would think they would have held on to Burk for dear life not send him away! Plus when the police got there, they were told he was in bed asleep & hadn't gotten up yet. Too much points to Burk.
LuvTrinity
Oct 27, 2013 10:29 AM CDT
So are they saying they suspects John and Patsy 's 9 year old son to have killed his sister? He was only 9,yet I suspect him because it was said that the little girls head was bash in,and her body was drag down the steps. A adult would not have needed to do all that. A adult would have snap her neck,or smother her . They certainly wouldn't have needed to "Drag" the body down stairs, since it would have been easier to pick her up and carry her down stairs. A child of 9 would have needed to drag her down stairs. I also suspected him because he is heard on the 911 tape asking his mother "what did she find", yet the mother tried to say he was asleep. I can't see either parent covering up for anyone else beside for their son.
Bob
Oct 26, 2013 8:40 AM CDT
Grand juries tend to do whatever the DA wants them to do. In this case they found reason to "convict." Later though the DA looked over the evidence and realized there was nothing. In fact, there was evidence of an intruder in the house through the basement window which was broken. Foreign DNA was found on Jon-Benet's body which has never been identified. Patsy Ramsey was a trophy wife and an over-protective mother. Not the kind of person who would strangle her child with a garrote or would allow or cover up John to do the same. There was no history of violence or any motivation to kill their child. The cops botched everything up from the get go - otherwise the killer might be on death row now.