JonBenet case: Fleet White sues for release of grand jury documents accusing girl's parents

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JonBenet Ramsey. Additional photos below.
A prominent Boulder couple, former close friends of John and Patsy Ramsey, have filed a lawsuit seeking the full release of long-suppressed documents drafted by a grand jury investigating the 1996 murder of the Ramseys' six-year-old daughter, JonBenet. Last fall a judge released four redacted pages from eighteen pages of "official action" documents prepared by the grand jury, indicating that the panel had sought to indict JonBenet's parents for felony child abuse resulting in death and on an accessory charge -- but Fleet and Priscilla White contend that the remaining documents may also contain information the public is entitled to know.

See also: JonBenet's parents: How an indictment became an "exoneration"

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John and Patsy Ramsey, interviewed on CNN about the search for the killer of their daughter.
"If Colorado law requires the disclosure of any information related to the grand jury's work, we want it out there," White says. "This isn't some minor matter. It's the JonBenet Ramsey homicide."

This latest quest to shed some light on Boulder's most infamous unsolved murder comes more than seventeen years after the body of JonBenet, who'd been garrotted and bludgeoned, was found in the basement of her family home the morning after Christmas. After more than a year of grand-jury sessions, then-District Attorney Alex Hunter discharged the panel in 1999, saying there was insufficient evidence to produce an indictment. In 2008, Hunter's successor, Mary Lacy, publicly exonerated John and Patsy Ramsey of any involvement in their daughter's death, based largely on the absence of "touch DNA" linking them to the crime.

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Fleet White seen testifying before Boulder City Council in March 2014.
Last fall's release of documents proving that the grand jury had, in fact, sought to indict the parents for felony child abuse was the result of a court action brought by Boulder Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan. The documents confirmed what Brennan had already reported from other sources -- that the grand jury foreman had actually signed an indictment, but Hunter refused to approve it because he didn't believe he had enough evidence to produce a conviction at trial.

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Another photo of JonBenet Ramsey.
However, Judge Robert Lowenbach ruled that Brennan and the public are entitled to view only a small portion of the documents submitted by the DA's office for the judge's inspection, consisting of the general language of the charges being sought (and no specifics of the actions prompting those charges). White, who was John Ramsey's sailing buddy before a highly publicized falling out shortly after JonBenet's death, believes the full record of official actions taken by the grand jury, including possibly other charges considered or rejected, should be released.

"We can only assume that there's other stuff in there that one would find in a criminal indictment," he says. "[Boulder District Attorney Stan] Garnett gave all this material to the court. Why would he give them anything that isn't relevant to an indictment?"

The Whites' complaint, filed earlier this week, cites a strong precedent for the full release of information detailed in a grand jury indictment. In 2007, regarding a battle over access to the extensive indictment of Aaron Thompson in the death of his daughter Aarone, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that state law "requires the indictment to be released for public inspection in its entirety."

Whether that precedent applies to an indictment that prosecutors declined to endorse is another issue. As they say in the string section, stay tuned.

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Margaux Milchen
Margaux Milchen

The brother was a little kid...so...yep ya don't get to harass him.

Danielle Kekoa
Danielle Kekoa

www.BobEnyartMurderedJonBenetRamsey.com | www.PoliceRecordingsKekoas.com Robert Adolph Enyart = 666 Satanic Serial Killer

Julie Horrell
Julie Horrell

Sad people gotta bitch about every little thing

Elaine Pratt Pils
Elaine Pratt Pils

No proof the parents had any involvement. Leave the Dad and brother alone in the name of JonBenet.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

No matter what or who, this was tragic .

Lora McCabe
Lora McCabe

IDC even if it's 40 years later this little girl deserves justice

Erich Dye
Erich Dye

HaHa!!..No. how about a more decerning Colorado based focus,less on what Texans think and shite subjects that add no real narritive to the Denver/Colorado life...but articles that are relavent and bear weight unlike a article about opinion..but real things that happen in COLORADO. and fuck you Brad Ashington. You are a cunt.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

so you want WestTurd to become more like a EW, People, or some other gossip rap with nationwide distribution? release of documents from some decades-old overly hyped murder investigation is hardly newsworthy. Michael Roberts, I hope you're reading this. LMAO.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

grand jury documents don't prove guilty or innocence; they only determine whether criminal charges should be filed. Of course, lots of folks here (notably the self-proclaimed "constitutionalists") seem to fancy themselves as Internet trial lawyers. idiot

Shaina Paz
Shaina Paz

Seriously? The past is the past! Let's worry about TODAY and TOMORROW!

Jason Uhrich
Jason Uhrich

The parents r guilty... Get the F over it already!!!

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

Where are all the ICP articles this year? HAHA

Erich Dye
Erich Dye

Not a article about where a Texan can eat,or does weed make music sound better!!This is a story....thank you.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Money = you can get away with murder.  Just ask OJ and W.

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

Patsy killed daddy's little whore.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@notagain001 ... your personal infatuation with pedophilia doesn't make it any less likely that JonBenet was killed by her own parent(s).



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... if you willfully ignore all the evidence of John and Patsy's involvement.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... try posting in English next time.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so why would you want to hide THE FACTS and EVIDENCE contained in those documents?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, let's not prosecute people anymore.....if they are wealthy enough.  Why look backward at crimes or lying us into wars for that matter. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Today = more children raped, tortured and killed by their parents in the U$A


Tomorrow = same as today, same as the yesterday people like you deliberately deny and forget.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@notagain001


Truth is a defense to a false accusation of libel.


Your "theory" of who killed JonBenet exposes you as the unhinged quack that you are.



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