John Ramsey, father of murdered six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, is trying to block a Colorado district attorney from releasing a secret grand jury indictment to the public.
JonBenet Ramsey’s name is known worldwide after she was found dead in the basement of her family’s home on Christmas in 1996. Ramsey’s mother Patsy called authorities when they found a ransom note early that morning, and just hours later, the girl’s body was found in the basement. Just six years old at the time, Ramsey was a pageant winner and a beautiful little girl; so needless to say, the world was in shock when the story made headlines.
Initially, JonBenet’s parents were top suspects in the murder, and after years of investigation and public scrutiny, the couple was officially exonerated in 2008. Still, many believe that they were involved in the case, even after Patsy’s death in 2006.
Now, reports show that John Ramsey’s attorneys sent a letter to Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett objecting to the public release of grand jury indictments if the entire grand jury record was not released with it.
"Public release of the allegations of an unprosecuted indictment only serves to further defame John Ramsey and his late wife Patricia," the letter reads. "Mr. Ramsey will have no access to whatever evidence the prosecutors presented to the grand jury and will have no ability to disprove those allegations in a court of law. Nor will the public have any ability to evaluate the propriety of the indictment unless the entire grand jury record is unsealed and opened to public view."
In 1999, a grand jury voted to indict the murdered girl’s parents, and now Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan is asking in a lawsuit that it be made public under the freedom of the press. A judge ruled last week that District Attorney San Garnett needs to prove why the indictment should be kept a secret. Now, John Ramsey and his lawyers are trying to make sure Garnett doesn’t allow it to be a secret.
"The District Court found 'transparency' to be the determinative factor in its order to show cause,” the letter continues. “'Transparency can only be accomplished if the entire record is made public.’ It is therefore John Ramsey's respectful request that you advise the District Court in response to its order to show cause that if the unprosecuted indictment is to be publicly released, the court should also order release of the entire grand jury record, including all witness testimony, all exhibits, all colloquy discussions between prosecutors and the grand jury and all drafts of potential indictments presented by the prosecutors of the grand jury."
No decision has been made regarding whether or not the indictment will actually be made public.