JonBenet Ramsey Probe Still Debated After A Decade


Ten years after JonBenet Ramsey was killed, former Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter discussed the case with the Rocky Mountain News. Hunter was critical of several decisions made in the case over the years, including some by his successor, Boulder District Attorney Mary Lacy. It’s wrong, he said, for the investigation to remain under her authority, as it has since it was transferred to her from Boulder police in 2002. Hunter second-guessed Lacy – who worked under him for many years as a valued prosecutor handling sexual assault cases – for her 2003 statement that the evidence she reviewed was more consistent with the theory that an intruder killed JonBenet on Christmas 1996 rather than anyone in the family.

At the same time, Hunter commented in a subsequent Rocky Mountain News story on his disagreement with former Boulder police Detective Steve Thomas. Thomas, who resigned in 1998, expressed in a book his belief that the late Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet’s mother, was responsible for the murder. Says Hunter of the Ramseys: “I never saw anything in this investigation that indicated to me they were bad people. There was no history of abuse, nothing to support (that) this wasn’t a loved child, in the evidence that I saw.”


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