BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — An attorney who represented the parents of JonBenet Ramsey says the indictments that were released today are "nonsensical."
Nearly 17 years after the 6-year-old Colorado beauty queen died, documents were released today showing that a grand jury wanted both of the girl's parents to be charged with child abuse resulting in death and being an accessory to a crime, including murder. The documents allege that both parents intended to delay or prevent the arrest of the person who killed their daughter.
Prosecutors at the time declined to file the charges against John and Patsy Ramsey, who have since been treated as victims in the case. The prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence. Patsy Ramsey died in 2006.
Ramsey attorney Lin Wood says the indictments were "clearly the result of a confused and compromised process." He says they "reveal nothing about the evidence" reviewed by the grand jury.
Another Ramsey attorney issued a letter this week opposing the release of the indictments. He pointed out that a later prosecutor cleared the Ramseys based on new DNA testing in 2008.
167-c-13-(Peter Banda, AP correspondent)-"declined to prosecute"-AP correspondent Peter Banda reports documents released today show jurors in 1999 wanted to file charges against JonBenet Ramsey's parents. (25 Oct 2013)
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169-c-14-(Peter Banda, AP correspondent)-"have done it"-AP correspondent Peter Banda reports the documents are the first to reveal that a grand jury thought Jonbenet's parents should be charged with child abuse resulting in death and being an accessory to a crime. (25 Oct 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: John and Patsy Ramsey (l-r), mother and father of JonBenet, Atlanta, Georgia, graphic element on gray (25 Oct 2013)
APPHOTO NY123: FILE - In this May 24, 2000 file photo, Patsy Ramsey and her husband, John, parents of JonBenet Ramsey, look on during a news conference in Atlanta regarding their lie-detector examinations for the murder of their daughter. A grand jury indictment issued in 1999 in the JonBenet Ramsey investigation is expected to be released Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, and should shed more light on why prosecutors decided against pursuing charges against the little girl's parents. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File) (24 May 2000)
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