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JonBenet Ramsey: Colorado Grand Jury Wanted Parents Charged With Her Murder

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WHAT happened to JonBenet Ramsey in 1996? The six-year-old beauty pageant contestant was found beaten and strangled in her Colorado home in December 1996.

Who did it? Some have blamed her parents.

In 1999, a grand jury in Colorado agreed to indict Patricia and John Bennet Ramsay for child abuse. But a District Attorney did not order a prosecution.  The then DA Alex Hunter said there was not enough evidence to prosecute the Ramseys. He said:

“I and my prosecutorial team believe we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charges against anyone who has been investigated at this time.”

The BBC notes:

US grand juries are convened in secret and tasked with determining whether enough evidence exists to bring a suspect to trial. But prosecutors must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict – a substantially higher bar.

We know this because of a Freedom of Information Request filed by the Boulder Daily Camera.

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Posted: 27th, October 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment