Court documents released on Oct. 25 revealed a shocking new detail in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case! The indictment record says the grand jury voted to indict the girl’s parents and found that the girl’s death came as a result of her parents’ recklessness.
JonBenet Ramsey was brutally murdered in 1996 and her parents stood trial in 1999 — but no one was prosecuted. The jury voted to indict the 6-year-old girl’s parents when they found that her father John Ramsey and her late mother, Patsy Ramsey to be accessories to the crime. This shocking detail was only made public on Oct. 25 because the prosecutor never acted out this indictment, citing insufficient evidence.
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The indictment alleges that between Christmas Day and Dec. 26, 1996, John and Patsy Ramsey “unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously 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 her death, according to People.
It is not clear from the new document release whether the jury thought either of the parents killed JonBenet.
The precious beauty pageant competitor was beaten, strangled to death, and sexually assaulted on Dec. 25, 1996. Even after the 1999 trial in Boulder, Colo., her case was considered to be unsolved. It is now considered to be a cold case.
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The prosecutor did not follow the jury’s recommendations to bring child abuse charges against JonBenet’s parents, so the judge kept the documents under seal.
The court documents were released on Oct. 25 after a lawsuit was filed by the Boulder Daily Camera and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The organizations said that the unprosecuted indictment case should be a part of public record. Mr. Ramsey opposed the release of the documents, claiming that the contents would be defamatory, but the court released a portion of the court documents. Mrs. Ramsey died from ovarian cancer in 2006.