KNOWN AS the paper of record in Boulder, Colorado, where the child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was brutally murdered, the Daily Camera reported over the weekend that the jury voted to indict the parents back in 1999, but the District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to move on it.
“I and my prosecution task force believe we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant a filing of charges against anyone who has been investigated at this time,” Hunter told the reporters assembled outside the Boulder County Justice Center on Oct. 13, 1999.
Yet multiple sources, including members of the grand jury, have now confirmed to the Daily Camera what Hunter did not say that day: The grand jury voted to indict both John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death in connection with the events of Christmas night 1996 — but Hunter refused to sign the indictment, believing he could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigative report is really quite stunning and gets down to the uncomfortable reality that even though the jurors indicted, even they had a certain amount of sympathy for D.A. Hunter, who didn’t believe he could prove the case conclusively.
Jeralyn Merritt weighs in on the tragedy and that no one has ever been charged for the child’s murder.
The prosecutor is held to a different standard than the grand jury. He or she is ethically duty bound not to file charges unless he or she has a good faith belief the charges can be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
Looking back now at Grant’s statements that week, the new Boulder Daily Camera report makes sense. He all but spelled it out.