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The district attorney of Boulder, Colo., has released a letter concurring with U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes’ findings in a suit in Atlanta against the parents of 6-year-old murder victim JonBenét Ramsey. Boulder County District Attorney Mary W. Keenan on Monday released a statement saying that, after reading Carnes’ order in the case Wolf v. Ramsey, “I agree with the court’s conclusion that ‘the weight of the evidence is more consistent with a theory that an intruder murdered JonBenét than it is with a theory that Mrs. Ramsey did so.’” Wolf v. Ramsey, 1:00-CV-1187 (N.D. Ga. March 31, 2003). Keenan wrote, “John and Patricia Ramsey have been the focus of an exhaustive investigation with regard to the murder of their daughter, JonBenét, for more than six years. … Since Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey have not even been charged, much less convicted, they must be presumed innocent and must be treated accordingly.” Last winter, Keenan — who was not district attorney when JonBenét was killed — rekindled the languishing investigation into the 6-year-old girl’s death and removed it from the jurisdiction of the Boulder Police Department. Early in the investigation, police had focused on John B. and Patricia P. “Patsy” Ramsey as the key suspects in their daughter’s slaying, a position police never fully abandoned. After a 13-month investigation, a Boulder County grand jury in 1999 declined to indict the Ramseys. Carnes, a federal judge in Atlanta and a former federal prosecutor there, released the 93-page order last week. Carnes’ order stems from a 2000 case filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta by Robert Christian Wolf, a Boulder journalist who was questioned by police as a potential suspect in JonBenét’s 1996 slaying. Wolf sued the Ramseys — who now live in metropolitan Atlanta — claiming they had defamed him by naming him as a suspect in their book about their daughter’s death, “The Death of Innocence: The Untold Story of JonBenét’s Murder and How Exploitation Compromised the Pursuit of Truth.” Wolf also claimed that the Ramseys knew he was not a legitimate suspect because Patsy Ramsey had killed JonBenét either accidentally or intentionally. On March 31, Carnes dismissed the case against the Ramseys on a motion for summary judgment. In her order, she meticulously evaluated all of the evidence against the couple, the first time that a judge has done so in a public forum. Keenan called Carnes’ ruling a “thoughtful and well-reasoned decision based on the evidence that was presented by the parties in that case” and recommended that “it should be read in its entirety.” In addition, Keenan said that for several months her office “has been investigating new and other unpursued leads, most of which involve the possibility that an intruder committed this crime.” The office, she said, is proceeding “with the full cooperation” of the Ramseys. The Ramseys’ Atlanta attorney, L. Lin Wood Jr., said that, as a practical matter, Keenan’s statement exonerates the Ramseys and “effectively brings to an end this 6 1/2-year era of false accusations” against the couple.

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