LATEST UPDATE: According to court documents released Friday in Boulder, Colo., a grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the parents of murdered 6-year-old beauty pageant winner JonBenét Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death and of being accessories to a crime.
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.
Although the indictment followed roughly a year of secret testimony, the Boulder prosecutor at the time refused to go along with the grand jury's recommendations, saying the evidence didn't seem compelling enough to win over a jury.
PREVIOUSLY: A Colorado judge ordered the release of the 1999 grand jury indictment in the killing of 6-year-old JONBENET RAMSEY which gave insight into why prosecutors decided against charging her parents in her death.
JonBenet’s body was found bludgeoned and strangled in her family’s home in Boulder on Dec. 26, 1996.
District Attorney Mary Lacy said in 2008 that DNA evidence suggested the killer was a stranger — not a family member. She proceeded to treat the Ramseys as victims of the crime not as suspects
Sadly, JonBenet Ramsey’s mother, Patsy, died of cancer in 2006.
John Ramsey asked officials to release the entire grand jury record if the unprosecuted indictment was made public in a bomb shell request made earlier this week.
But, the judge said transcripts of grand jury proceedings and evidence presented to it are not considered “official action” under the law governing criminal court records.
He also said releasing such information could hurt other secret grand juries.
Suddenly, today, Senior District Court Judge J. Robert Lowenbach ruled that the indictment signed by the grand jury foreman constituted an official action and must be released by the end of the week.
The Daily Camera and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a lawsuit to seek the records.
In his bombshell ruling, Lowenbach noted that district attorney Alex Hunter prepared possible charges against John Ramsey and his wife, Patsy, three years after the child’s murder.
The indictment has remained sealed for 14 years because DA Hunter decided against pursuing charges against the Ramseys but officials have never explained that decision to media.
John Ramsey’s attorney L. Lin Wood, said he was confident no evidence in the grand jury case implicated the Ramsey family itself and the evidence should be made available to the public.
“Anything less than the release of all of the proceedings is a gross injustice to the Ramsey family,” he said.