UPDATE: Ex-police Chief: JonBenet Ramsey Crime Scene Was Mishandled

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UPDATE 2/26/2015 9:30 AM

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - In his most extensive comments on the JonBenet Ramsey case, former Boulder, Colorado, police Chief Mark Beckner says officers botched the initial handling of the crime scene.

Beckner participated Saturday in an "Ask Me Anything" session on the social-networking and news site Reddit. He told the Daily Camera on Tuesday that he didn't realize his comments would filter out to the rest of the world.

Six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her home on Dec. 26, 1996. Her mother, Patsy, called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been found.

Beckner says police should have separated JonBenet's parents and gotten full statements that day. He says police were short-staffed for the holiday and faced an unprecedented case.

No one has been prosecuted in the killing.

Patsy was from Parkersburg.

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UPDATE 10/25/2013 5:10 PM

People here still remember and wonder what happened because of her mother's longtime ties to the valley.

I talked to an area attorney who weighed in on the Grand Jury's decision.

George Cosenza says he thinks it's extraordinary the courts decided to unseal the records.

Traditionally, grand jury proceedings are absolutely secretive - the public doesn't have access to the deliberations.

"It's amazing that they've gotten to a point where they're now releasing these documents," Cosenza says. "I don't think it's of any consequence -- however, it appears that at least one or two of the counts the Grand Jury returned a true bill, meaning that they would indict. But the final decision on whether to prosecute and go forward is always in the hands of the prosecuting attorney."

Cosenza says the district attorney had the power not to prosecute the Ramseys, as he believed there wasn't a burden of proof or sufficient evidence.

He says he admires the prosecutor for what he did in this case; it wasn't a politically correct decision, but it was a professional one.
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UPDATE 10/25/2013 3:50 PM

DENVER (AP) - DNA tests have since suggested that JonBenet Ramsey was killed by a stranger, not a family member, but court documents released Friday show that a grand jury indicted her parents earlier in the investigation.

The 6-year-old was found bludgeoned and strangled in her Colorado home on Dec. 26, 1996.

The indictment against John and Patsy Ramsey came in 1999 for child abuse and being an accessory to a crime. But the district attorney at the time declined to press charges, saying his team did not have sufficient evidence.

The indictments released Friday did not say who killed the girl.

The document alleges both parents intended to delay or prevent the arrest of the alleged killer.

JonBenet's mother Patsy was born and raised in Parkersburg. She died of ovarian cancer in 2006 at the age of 49.

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UPDATE 10/25/2013 10:50 AM

DENVER (AP) - Newly released court documents reveal that a 1999 grand jury indicted John Ramsey and Patsy Ramsey for child abuse resulting in death and being an accessory to a crime, including murder.

However, the indictments released Friday did not say who killed their 6-year-old daughter JonBenet.

The indictment, which the prosecutor refused to prosecute, said the crimes occurred between Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, the day the 6-year-old beauty queen's body was found.

The document alleges both parents intended to delay or prevent the arrest of the alleged killer.

JonBenet's mother Patsy was born and raised in Parkersburg. She died of ovarian cancer in 2006 at the age of 49.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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DENVER (AP) - Nearly 17 years after the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, Colorado prosecutors are releasing a grand jury indictment in the investigation.

The little girl was found bludgeoned and strangled in the family home in Boulder the day after Christmas 1996.

The grand jury reviewed evidence against JonBenet's parents, but prosecutors decided against pursuing charges against them.

JonBenet's mother Patsy was born and raised in Parkersburg. She died of ovarian cancer in 2006 at the age of 49.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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