New developments in the unsolved JonBenet Ramsey murder case suggest that the DNA evidence used to clear the girl's family from any potential involvement in her death may not be as inconclusive as District Attorney Mary Lacy claimed.
Forensic experts are disputing Lacy's conclusion that a DNA profile found on JonBenet's underpants and two locations on her long johns belonged to her killer, KPNX reported. Lacy had previously claimed the evidence cleared the Ramsey family of any suspicion
But the independent experts said that the DNA samples recovered from JonBenet's long johns came from at least two people, including JonBenet herself. They added that Lacy's office was told this information, but did not mention it during the clearing of the family, according to documents obtained by the Daily Camera.
It was not previously revealed to the public that a third person's genetic markings existed in the case. The experts added that the original DNA sample found on JonBenet's underwear could be a composite, and not of a single person, making it worthless evidence.
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“It’s a rather obvious point, but I mean, if you’re looking for someone that doesn’t exist, because actually it’s several people, it’s a problem,” Troy Eid, a former U.S. Attorney for Colorado, told KPNX.
The experts also concluded that the DNA samples on JonBenet's underwear and long johns could have simply been the result of inconsequential contact, or transferred from other clothes. If that is the case, it would contradict the claim that DNA will be the key to identifying JonBenet's killer.
This the first time independent experts have reviewed the DNA evidence on which Lacy based her July 9, 2008, letter exonerating the Ramsey family.
“It’s certainly possible that an intruder was responsible for the murder, but I don’t think that the DNA evidence proves it,” said William C. Thompson, a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California-Irvine.
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Despite the new development, Ramsey lawyer Lin Wood expressed her faith in Lacy:
I have absolute and total confidence in the integrity of former District Attorney Mary Lacy, and I am also aware of internet comments by former Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner where he, within the last several months, affirmed that the Ramsey case was a DNA case.
So I know what Chief Beckner has said publicly in recent months, I know what ... former District Attorney Mary Lacy has said, and until someone impugns her integrity, or contradicts former Chief Becker’s statement, I continue to believe, as I have said before, that this is a DNA case and that the best chance for solving the case will be a hit and match on the DNA in the future. I hope that day comes.