Today, a Colorado court will release the 1999 indictment of John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of slain 6-year-old pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey, whom a grand jury wanted to charge for child abuse resulting in death. The District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute those charges and the indictment was kept closed for 14 years. It’s only been released now because a reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press sued to gain access to the sealed document. This week, according to The New York Daily News, “a judge ruled that the indictment signed by the grand jury foreman constituted an official action and must be released,” despite the family’s objections.
Mystery has surrounded JonBenet Ramsey’s death ever since she was found bludgeoned and strangled in her family’s home in Boulder on December 26, 1996. According to the just released indictment, the grand jury deliberated for over a year before recommending the parents be charged with sexual abuse leading to death. The unsealed documents are likely to reveal why the grand jury thought charges should be pursued against the Ramseys; however, in 2008, former DA Mary Lacy said that the DNA evidence actually indicated that the killer was a stranger and not a member of the family. (Patsy Ramsey died of cancer in 2006.) So, even with the release of this 14-year-old grand jury indictment, it seems we may never know who killed JonBenet Ramsey. [NY Daily News]