The JonBenet Ramsey case haunts the headlines today 17 years after the six-year-old child was found strangled and sexually molested in the basement of her family home. Grand jury indictments released today reveal that in 1999, John and Patsy Ramsey were accused of child abuse resulting in the death and being an accessory to a murder, according to Fox News on Oct 25. The grand jury had voted to indict the couple, but the prosecutor would not sign off on this at the time.
Patsy Ramsey died of ovarian cancer in 2006 and John Ramsey has since remarried and living in Las Vegas, according to Fox News live today. The indictments never said who it was that killed the child just that the DNA pointed to an unknown male as JonBenet’s killer. The Ramsey’s were never officially indicted as the former District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to prosecute the couple.
The documents released today indicate that the grand jury voted to charge both John and Patsy Ramsey with one count of Child Abuse Resulting in Death and one count of Accessory to a Crime. The grand jury issued identical indictments for both parents, but they were done separately. The documents state:
"On or between Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, 1996 in Boulder County, Colo., John Bennett Ramsey did unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and felonious permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life or health, which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey, a child under the age of sixteen."
"On or between Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, 1996 in Boulder County, Colo., John Bennett Ramsey did unlawfully, knowingly and felonious render assistance to a person, with intent to hinder, delay and prevent the discovery, detention, apprehension, prosecution, conviction and punishment of such person for the commission of a crime, 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."
When news that the grand jury indictments were to be released, John Ramsey requested that the entire record of the grand jury be released not just the indictment that was never prosecuted. This request was denied with the judge saying the records didn’t fall under the law governing criminal court records.
John Ramsey’s attorney, L. Lin Wood, said that "Anything less than the release of all of the proceedings is a gross injustice to the Ramsey family."
While the case remains open, it is not active, according to Boulder Police Chief Mark Becker. Suggestions have been made by experts over the years that the case was so botched, it might never get solved. JonBonet Ramsey would have been 23 today if her life was not brutally cut short.