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  news stories on cord
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 05:21 PM - Forum: cord ligature - wrist - No Replies

Cord checked in Ramsey case
Nylon used in strangling bought locally, sources say
By MATT SEBASTIAN, Camera Staff Writer
Monday, March 9, 1998
Investigators are almost certain the nylon cord used to strangle JonBenét Ramsey came from a Boulder surplus store, sources have told the Daily Camera.
Detectives purchased the Boulder Army Store's entire stock of Stansport white nylon utility cord on May 22, and sent the samples to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for comparison to the rope found around the 6-year-old's neck and right wrist.
Shannon Long, co-owner of the Boulder Army Store, wouldn't talk on Friday about the police visit, although he confirmed detectives purchased the cord.
"Yeah, they came in - and whatever they bought, they bought," Long said.
The surplus store is at 1545 Pearl St., just past the east end of the Downtown Mall.
The 1/4-inch-wide Stansport cord - which comes packaged in lengths of 50 and 100 feet and often is used for camping or outdoor activities - also is available at McGuckin Hardware.
Sources said Boulder investigators only purchased the nylon cord from the Boulder Army Store, not at McGuckin Hardware.
When asked if investigators had bought quantities of Stansport cord, a McGuckin manager said, "We don't have any comment."
Cmdr. Mark Beckner, who is heading the Ramsey investigation team, could not be reached for comment Friday.
JonBenét Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her 15th Street home Dec. 26, 1996.
More than a year later, detectives have no suspects, although they have maintained the 6-year-old's parents remain "under an umbrella of suspicion."
Investigators have determined that the stick used to tighten the garrote around JonBenét's neck was a broken paintbrush found in an arts and crafts basket in the Ramseys' basement.
It is unclear if detectives have been able to ascertain whether the Stansport cord - like the paintbrush - was known to have been in the Ramsey home before the murder.

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  lost interviews
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 05:20 PM - Forum: Police errors - No Replies

Report: Police lose JonBenét evidence
Detectives re-examine duct tape discovered by John Ramsey
Associated Press
Monday, February 16, 1998
Boulder-- Police investigating the murder of JonBenét Ramsey have retraced steps taken in the 14-month investigation because authorities lost evidence, friends of the Ramseys said in a published report.
In another report, police are said to be taking another look at a piece of duct tape John Ramsey said he pulled from the mouth of his 6-year-old daughter when he found her body.
The Rocky Mountain News reported Sunday that friends of the Ramseys have been asked for new interviews. The friends, whose names were not given, said police told them they couldn't find the originals.
Some also were asked for new palm prints for the same reason.
In one case, two interviews -conducted the day after JonBenets body was found Dec. 26, 1996 - were missing two weeks later, sources told the News.
When questioned about the need for new interviews, police said, "Well, we just can't find it. We have to do it again," the sources said.
The Denver Post reported Sunday that investigators have sent the duct tape in for a DNA test. The Post quoted unidentified sources who said an autopsy found no sign of skin damage on the childs mouth. They said ripping duct tape off normally would cause some skin marks.
The Post said investigators believe DNA tests should help determine whether the tape was ever on the childs mouth.
Meanwhile, Adams County District Attorney Bob Grant, who has acted as a consultant to Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter in the case, said it is not unusual for investigators to cover the same ground twice.
"If you go and take a fingerprint from somebody, you don't necessarily take a palm print," he said. "If you interview somebody about item a, b and c, and you go back and interview them again about d, e and f, it doesn't mean you dont ask them again about a, b and c."
Some repeat requests came after Cmdr. Mark Beckner was assigned to lead the eight detectives investigating the case.
Beckner said late last year that he and the eight detectives assigned to the case had identified more than 70 tasks, including re-interviewing friends, family and neighbors of the Ramseys.
Some people who had given palm prints in the past were recently contacted by detectives who wanted to know if they had ever given palm prints.
"I said, 'You should know this, shouldnt you?'" said one Ramsey family friend. "And (the detective) said, 'If I knew the answer, I wouldn't have asked.'"
Other sources told the News that police said they had misfiled the palm prints and no longer could find them.
Earlier reports of lost evidence were refuted by police. A published report last month alleged that a heavy flashlight found during the initial search of the Ramsey home had been missing and was only recently found. Boulder investigators said the flashlight never was lost and had been analyzed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation months ago.
Boulder police were unavailable for comment Sunday.

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  Flashlight thread
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 05:17 PM - Forum: Head Injury - No Replies

Magazine: JonBenet flashlight found
Monday, January 12, 1998
A flashlight possibly used to inflict a fatal head wound on 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found during a review of evidence at Boulder police headquarters, according news reports.
The flashlight was first spotted on a kitchen counter in the Ramsey home on Dec. 26, 1996, the first day of the investigation, but had disappeared, according to an article in this week's issue of Time magazine.
After Boulder Police Cmdr. Mark Beckner ordered a review of all case files and materials, almost a year later, a flashlight was found in an evidence storage room at police headquarters.
The flashlight does not appear to belong to any police officers, according to the magazine.
"Cops had long suspected that a weighty black flashlight was used to inflict the fatal 8-inch head wound on the six-year-old beauty queen after she was garroted," reported Dick Woodbury, Time's Denver bureau chief.
Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby declined to comment on the report.
"We have never commented on rumors and speculations, and we are going to stay consistent with that," City of Boulder spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm said.
Ramsey was found slain in the basement of her parents' home Dec. 26, 1996. No arrests have been made. In addition to the massive skull fracture, she was found strangled with a garrote made from a broken paint brush found in the home. There were also signs of possible sexual abuse.
The flashlight has been sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations for lab testing, according to the brief article, which appears in the magazine's "Scoop" section.
"Police believe the flashlight's heavy rubber coating seems consistent with an instrument that could deliver a crushing blow yet not cause bleeding," the magazine reports, without identifying a source.
A flashlight was listed among several blunt objects collected at the Ramsey's Boulder home, according to four search warrants released Sept. 29.
Other seized items, which could have been used to strike Ramsey, included a baseball bat, golf clubs, a red clay brick and a hammer.

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  Dec 1997 - public for 1st time
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 05:15 PM - Forum: Stun Gun - Replies (1)

Ramsey attorney: stun gun possible
Camera Staff Report
Saturday, December 20, 1997
The lead attorney for John Ramsey said Friday a stun gun may have been used in the Dec. 26 slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
Bryan Morgan said his clients have known about the stun gun for "many months," partly because detectives investigating the case were asking neighbors questions about such a weapon, which is used to immobilize people through the use of electric shock.
Boulder police and prosecutors wouldn't comment on the revelation.
"You can call it speculation. You can call it a rumor," said Boulder city spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm. "Call it what you like. It's an investigative detail. We're not going to comment."
Christopher Mueller, a criminal law professor at the University of Colorado, said, "If police are asking potential witnesses whether they own a stun gun, there is some indication that the police have information that such a tool was used in the crime and it could signal a new direction."
But, he added, "another possibility is that this rumor has surfaced, and the police simply have to either confirm it or put it to rest."
Margaret Dillon, who lives in the 750 block of 14th Street, told the Los Angeles Times that Boulder police detectives queried her about a stun gun. She only would confirm to the Daily Camera that she was interviewed for the first time by police last Wednesday.
Three other neighbors contacted by the Camera said they were never asked about stun guns in recent police interviews. Frances Smith, one of Dillon's neighbors, said she, too, was interviewed in the last week. But no mention was made of a stun gun.
"Well, they asked if we heard anything unusual the night of the murder, and of course we didn't," Smith said. "They were here only a very short time. They didn't mention a stun gun. I don't know what a stun gun even is."
Although Dillon said this week's visit was the first by police, Smith said detectives have talked to her three times.
"At the beginning of the activities after the murder, we had two of the Boulder policemen come by at various times," Smith said. "At one time, they wanted to go through our backyard, which of course they did, and the other time was more or less to see if we heard anything or saw anything unusual."
Another neighbor, who asked not to be named, said when new detectives came to his home this week they asked if he'd heard a scream the night of the girl's murder. He said he didn't, but he was in bed with the flu that night.
But, Morgan said, "We have known for some time that law enforcement believed a stun gun was used in the commission of this crime. We have refused any comment about it until it became apparent that the police interviews on the subject had been revealed to the press."
The Ramsey family and its representatives did not reveal the information sooner because of concerns that news reports of police inquiries would cause the killer to dispose of such a weapon, Morgan said.
Morgan said the Ramsey family "does not own such a weapon and have not ever owned such a weapon." Rachelle Zimmer, a lawyer and spokesperson for the family, told the Los Angeles Times, "It must now be clear to any open-minded person that this vicious crime was committed by an outsider."
Nearly a year ago, John Ramsey and a friend found JonBenet strangled, beaten and apparently sexually assaulted in the basement of the family's home about eight hours after the girl was reported kidnapped.
He said family representatives did not have access to autopsy reports or other documents to indicate whether such a weapon actually was used on the girl, or if such a weapon was simply recovered during the investigation.
However, "we are satisfied that the law enforcement authorities have a firm basis for their belief that such a weapon was used," he said.
Jack Mitchell, part-owner of Universal Electronics, which sells stun guns in Indiana and Michigan, said, "If a stun gun was used, it would be to silence a person. ... Once you shock the person, they couldn't scream or anything."
A person shocked by a stun gun would be knocked unconscious in less than two seconds, he said. A typical hand-held stun gun would leave red marks and bumps, possibly two bumps an inch and half to two inches apart. If someone modified the stun gun's voltage, it could burn the skin and even cause puncture wounds.
Among a variety of abrasions on the 6-year-old's body, JonBenet's autopsy mentions "two small scratch-like abrasions" on the girl's left lower leg. It also refers to a "rust-colored abrasion" below her right ear.
But Z. G. Standing Bear, a Colorado State University professor with 35 years of criminal justice experience, including a stint as a coroner, said "it's possible, not probable" that an autopsy would reveal evidence of a stun gun assault.
"There's no research on that, especially on little kids," Standing Bear said.
Camera staff writers Christopher Anderson, Clay Evans, Julie Poppen and Matt Sebastian contributed to this report.

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  Morgue art - - May 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 05:12 PM - Forum: JT Colfax - No Replies

Arrest made in theft of morgue pages
Friday, May 23, 1997
Boulder police arrested James Michael Thompson of Denver Thursday on charges of theft under $100 and criminal mischief. Thompson allegedly stole log pages from the morgue at Boulder Community Hospital that included the entry of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old girl found strangled in her home Dec. 26.
Thompson, 33, was formally charged Thursday afternoon and released on $1,000 bond.
Thompson, an artist who uses the pseudonym J.T. Colfax, said he was drunk when he took the pages from the Boulder Community Hospital morgue on April 29. On May 8, hospital officials reported that two pages in the log were missing, including the page with the Ramsey notation.
He also faces five counts of abuse of a corpse in connection with the photographs of corpses adorned with party noisemakers and signs reading "Happy Halloween," "Getting Fired Isn't the End of the World" and "Yee Haw." Police said Thompson told them the photos were "shock art."
Also Thursday, the Boulder County District Attorney's office filed a motion asking a judge to continue to seal search warrants and other documents in the Ramsey murder.

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  Shreveport letter
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 05:11 PM - Forum: odds and ends - Replies (1)

Letter may shed light on murder mystery
Camera Staff Writer
Friday, February 7, 1997
Boulder Police are seeking the author of an anonymous, handwritten letter that may provide insight into the murder of JonBenet Ramsey.
The letter - mailed from Shreveport, La., and postmarked Jan. 27 - apparently reports details relevant to the homicide, sources said.
"There's a good possibility that it has facts in it that the media haven't reported yet," a source said. "It'd be very helpful to find out what exactly the author knows so we can use the information, along with things like DNA test results, and arrest a suspect."
Police began investigating the slaying after John Ramsey, JonBenet's father, and a friend discovered the 6-year-old strangled in the Ramseys' home at 755 15th St. on Dec. 26. About eight hours earlier, Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet's mother, found a ransom note demanding $118,000 and called police.
As authorities continue to search for clues, Boulder Police detective Steve Thomas called the Shreveport Police Department Wednesday. "He said the letter contained information that could be important to the case," said Cindy Chadwick, spokeswoman for the Louisiana depart-
Police have asked people not to respond to the plea unless they wrote the letter. "This is not a request for unsolicited or psychic information," Thomas said in a press release from the Shreveport Police Department.
Boulder Police have not contacted Chadwick about sending an investigator to Louisiana, she added.
"We probably won't fly someone down there unless something major turns up," one source said. "There's a chance that the person who wrote this letter just mailed it from Shreveport and doesn't live there, so flying someone there could be a waste of time. Hopefully, we'll find the person, because on the surface, the letter seems very interesting."
Sources said the department does not immediately plan to submit the letter for handwriting analysis.
City spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm declined to comment on the contents of the letter. "The police want to find the author to ask some follow-up questions," Aaholm said. "We hope the person will come forward. But I guess the opposite could happen: If they were hesitant to sign their name in the first place, this (media attention) may convince them that they made the right decision."
The department has received 600 letters and more than 1,300 calls about the murder, Aaholm noted.
"I'm sure the police have gotten a lot of letters, and I hope they find who wrote the Shreveport letter," a Ramsey family friend said. "It could be anyone, even someone at the Miss USA contest (held Wednesday) in Shreveport. I mean, JonBenet and Patsy were in beauty pageants, so the author might be someone from those contests or other contests."
Meanwhile, police continue to await complete DNA test results from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
"They're done with some of the preliminary processing," a source said, noting that investigators recently returned to Georgia to interview Nedra Paugh, Patsy Ramsey's mother. "Everything could come back as early as (today), or it may be a little while longer. Those tests, other evidence and interviewing people will help us build a really strong case.

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  Batter up
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 05:04 PM - Forum: Pasta Jay Elowsky - Replies (6)

Pasta Jay's owner arrested
Friend of Ramsey charged in threats with bat, handgun
Camera Staff Writer
February 11, 1997
Jay Elowsky, owner of Pasta Jay's restaurant and friend of John Ramsey, was arrested Monday on charges he threatened three men with a baseball bat and pulled a gun on one of them, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Department.
Elowsky presumably thought the men were journalists, according to a city press release. The incident took place near an area that some media were staking out based on rumors that John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of slain 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, were staying with a friend nearby.
JonBenet was found strangled in the basement of her home Dec. 26, eight hours after being reported kidnapped. Police have made no arrests in connection with her death.
Elowsky was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. He was released on his own recognizance after posting a $2,500 bond.
About 10 a.m., Warren Schmelzer and Ira Haimann, who work at Specialized Engineering at 4939 Broadway in North Boulder, were in Schmelzer's car in a parking lot beside the building when they saw a man walking up to them with a baseball bat.
Schmelzer and Haimann told police that the man walked up to the passenger window and raised the bat as if he were going to hit the car, yelling, "Get the ---- out of here," according to the arrest report.
Schmelzer and Haimann told police the man, later identified as Elowsky, circled their car before returning to his light tan BMW. Schmelzer told police he then ran inside to call 911, while Haimann waited in the car.
A city press release said Elowsky appeared to have "accosted members of the media that were waiting in the area where members of the Ramsey family may have been residing."
Schmelzer and Haimann work at an engineering company at the building. Schmelzer declined to comment on the incident or whether he was working for the media.
Others members of the media covering the murder of JonBenet Ramsey were nearby. A broadcast report said the people Elowsky threatened were an NBC camera crew.
Elowsky, who lives on nearby Dakota Boulevard, is a friend of John Ramsey, and also is a part owner of Pasta Jay's. Ramsey and Elowsky formed a corporation together, now called P.J.'s Property Group LLC and formerly called the
Coates House LLC, as part of a property deal that never came to fruition.
Attempts to reach Elowsky for comment were unsuccessful.
Some media have spent much of the past seven weeks trying to locate the Ramseys, who are no longer living at their house on 15th Street. When John Ramsey was rumored to be returning to his job as president of Access Graphics, several camera crews waited for him, some hiding behind a dumpster in an alley behind the Pearl Street office building, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the slain beauty queen's father.
Other camera crews have spent Sunday mornings outside St. John's Episcopal Church, which the Ramseys used to attend. Members of the congregation have complained about feeling on edge in a place that used to be a sanctuary for them.
Monday's incident is considered by many people a reaction to that on-edge feeling.
Lee Frank, a Denver journalist who does free-lance work for national media outlets, told police he saw the BMW pull into the parking lot and saw a man with a bat get out of the car. Frank reported that the man began to walk toward him, carrying the bat in a threatening manner, so he ran into the building to call the police.
Elowsky told police he saw people walking around behind his house and was only trying to chase them away. Elowsky said he drew his handgun when he saw someone pick up a pipe as he got back into his car, according to the arrest report.
Police found a gun in a brown paper bag on the floor of Elowsky's car next to an aluminum baseball bat, and a magazine full of 9mm bullets was in his fanny pack, according to the report.
Sheriff's Lt. Steve Prentup said Elowsky has not been issued a concealed handgun permit by the sheriff's department.

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  arson of Ramsey house
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 04:57 PM - Forum: JT Colfax - Replies (3)

Man tries to burn Ramsey house
Camera Staff Writer
Friday, June 20, 1997
Police arrested a Denver man Thursday after he confessed to trying to burn down the house at 755 15th St. in Boulder where six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered on Dec. 26.
James Michael Thompson - charged with first degree arson and third degree criminal trespass - remained in Boulder County Jail Thursday night.
In late May, authorities arrested and interviewed Thompson, 33, after he allegedly stole log pages from the Boulder Community Hospital morgue that included the entry on JonBenet Ramsey.
Thompson also faces five counts of abuse of a corpse after he took photographs of bodies he had posed with various written messages.
On Wednesday afternoon Thompson came to the Daily Camera, asking to talk to a reporter. He obtained a copy of an obituary from the newspaper's library.
"Something is going to happen," he said. "This is it."
On Thursday, Thompson called Det. Ron Gosage, a Ramsey homicide investigator, and said "He (Thompson) had "done it again,'" according to a police report.
Thompson said he shoved burning papers - which reportedly included newspaper clippings about the Ramsey case - through the mail slot of the family's house. The fire didn't cause significant damage.
Gosage and Det. Steve Thomas then located Thompson and went to the Ramseys' home. The investigators discovered a book of matches propping open the mail slot and smelled a burning odor, the report said.
Later, at the Boulder County Jail, authorities confiscated from Thompson two packs of Circle K matches, a "yellow King brand butane-type" lighter and a handwritten letter dated Wednesday indicating "something must happen - today," the report said.
Before arriving at the jail, Thompson told investigators he spent a "good portion" of the evening sitting on the Ramseys' patio, "just staring at the house," the report said.
A guest at a neighbor's prayer meeting noticed a "strange man" seated on the entrance walkway to the family's house Wednesday evening, the report added.
In other developments:
Officials denied reports that police refused to share the results of handwriting analysis related to a ransom note found by Patsy Ramsey with the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.
"We are still analyzing the handwriting and no report has been issued," said Colorado Bureau of Investigation inspector Pete Mang.
Mang would not comment on whether investigators have completed the fingerprinting process concerning the document.
Patsy Ramsey supplied a fifth handwriting sample to investigators May 20.
The Ramseys gave permission Thursday to Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter and the Boulder Police Department to conduct another search of the home, family spokeswoman Rachelle Zimmer said.
According to a letter from Ramsey family attorneys to police in April, the couple agreed to allow authorities to search their home again without a search warrant. Investigators reportedly wished to destroy walls in the basement in hopes of locating evidence.
Zimmer could not confirm reports Thursday that the Ramseys had traveled to Atlanta from their summer home in Charlevoix, Mich., to complete buying a house in Atlanta. John and Patsy Ramsey haven't lived at the Boulder house since their daughter died and have put the home up for sale.

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  11/18/1997 news story - DH to sue Hunter
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 04:33 PM - Forum: Darnay Hoffman - Replies (5)

N.Y. lawyer plans suit in Ramsey case
Man wants to force D.A. to act on evidence against mother
Tuesday, November 18, 1997
A New York victims' rights lawyer said he'll file a lawsuit today against Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter, hoping to force the prosecution of Patsy Ramsey in connection with the nearly year-old unsolved murder of her 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet.
The attorney, Darnay Hoffman, says he collected evidence from four handwriting experts that proves Patsy Ramsey wrote the 21/2 -page, handwritten ransom note she claimed to have found the morning of Dec. 26. JonBenet was found beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled that afternoon in the family's basement.
Hoffman was the defense lawyer for subway gunman Bernhard Goetz in a New York civil trial.
Claiming the prosecutor's office has enough evidence to prosecute the child's mother but won't move forward, Hoffman plans to use a rarely used Colorado law to sue Hunter for the "unjustified refusal of the district attorney to prosecute any person for the crime," according to the complaint.
"Basically, I have to blow the whistle on Alex Hunter," Hoffman said Monday, adding it is the only way to hold a district attorney accountable.
The district attorney's office declined to comment on the case, spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion said.
If Hoffman is successful in the lawsuit, a judge could order charges to be filed and could appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case, said Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton. A judge also could dismiss the complaint outright, refusing to order a hearing.
"It certainly would be surprising if it goes very far," Norton said. "The first step is to decide whether the district attorney has refused to prosecute. What everyone has said is there is still an ongoing investigation."
Although Colorado law allows a citizen to file suit in such a case, Boulder legal expert David Harrison questioned whether the law provides for a non- Colorado citizen to file suit. In any event, it is unlikely a judge will decide whether to throw out or hear any case until hearing a formal response from the defendant (Hunter), which could take up to 20 days, Harrison said.
Hunter has said the parents are "a focus" of the investigation, but has stressed the inquiry continues and all angles are being pursued. There have been no arrests and no suspects named in the 6-year-old`s death.
Hoffman said he has tried to submit the handwriting evidence to Hunter`s office several times, but was unsuccessful.
"Quite frankly, I am sick and tired of it," he said.
Along with the filing of the complaint, Hoffman will submit more than 40 pages of exhibits, magazine and newspaper articles. Hoffman frequently faxes information to the news media, including letters he`s written to Hunter and clips from New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams. He also frequently calls Denver talk radio shows to discuss the Ramsey case.
The experts Hoffman cites are Denver lawyer Thomas Miller, National Association of Document Examiners Director David Liebman and court-certified documents examiner Cina Wong.
The handwriting analysis of an unnamed person contracted by the FBI will be withheld because of its potential to damage the investigation if released publicly, Hoffman said.

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  NO PLEA DEAL being planned here
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:47 PM - Forum: Grand Jury Indictments - No Replies

Ramsey's attorneys deny plea story

By Matt Sebastian
Camera Staff Writer

Attorneys representing JonBenét Ramsey's parents made a rare public statement Thursday denying tabloid reports they are negotiating a settlement to end the ongoing murder investigation.
Star magazine, in its May 25 issue, quotes anonymous sources saying settlement talks are underway in the wake of new suspicions about the slain 6-year-old's older brother.
"The report in Star magazine published yesterday and republished in several media outlets is false," Bryan Morgan, John Ramsey's lead attorney, told the Daily Camera on Thursday.
Morgan wouldn't comment further on the tabloid report, which claims 12-year-old Burke Ramsey — who was 9 at the time of the killing — is now considered the focus of the investigation.
Under Colorado law, Burke can't be charged in connection with the slaying, because of his age at the time of JonBenét's death. His parents, though, could possibly be held accountable if investigators determined they played a role in any cover-up.
The Star article was summarized in Thursday's New York Post, which prompted a flurry of media inquiries to the Boulder County District Attorney's Office and the Ramseys' lawyers.
District Attorney Alex Hunter "wants to cut a deal" and is in talks with Morgan's partner, Hal Haddon, the tabloid quotes sources as saying.
Hunter's office joined the Ramsey legal team in decrying the article Thursday. Spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion said reports of plea negotiations are "completely false."
JonBenét Ramsey, a former Little Miss Colorado, was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her parents' 15th Street home Dec. 26, 1996.
The discovery came about eight hours after Patsy Ramsey called 911 and told police she found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for the safe return of her daughter.
John and Patsy Ramsey remain under suspicion in 2-year-old slaying, although they maintain their innocence.
Boulder County's grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case since Sept. 15, although their schedule has slowed in recent weeks. The panel hasn't met since May 4.
Camera staff writer Christopher Anderson contributed to this report

May 14, 1999

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