DA: Ramsey Evidence Points To Intruder

Prosecutor Agrees With Federal Judge About Investigation

The Boulder district attorney agrees with a federal judge in Atlanta that the evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case points to an intruder and not to the murdered girls parents.

Mary Keenan issued a statement Monday afternoon that said, "I agree with the (federal) court's conclusion that 'the weight of the evidence is more consistent with a theory that an intruder murdered JonBenet than it is with a theory that Mrs. Ramsey did so.'

Last week, U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes dismissed a lawsuit against the Ramseys, criticizing police and the FBI for a media campaign aimed at making the family look guilty.

Keenan agreed, saying in her statement, "For several months, my office has been investigating new and other unpursued leads, most of which involve the possibility that an intruder committed this crime. We are proceeding with the full cooperation of the Ramseys, Detective Lou Smit and the Boulder Police Department. We are all focused on the apprehension and successful prosecution of the killer of JonBenet."

"There is only one way to interpret this. I think the 6 1/2-year nightmare of John and Patsy Ramsey having to face false accusations of being involved in the murder of their child is now over," said L. Lin Wood, the lawyer who defended the Ramseys in the suit by Wolf.

"Mary Keenan is totally familiar with all the evidence in this case and she has stated in unequivocal terms that the weight of the evidence is more consistent with the theory that an intruder murdered JonBenet than Patsy Ramsey," said Wood.

Boulder police have never charged the Ramseys in the murder of JonBenet, whose body was found in the family home on the morning of Dec. 26, 1996. However, they refused to clear the parents of suspicion and ruled out the possibility that an intruder killed the 6-year-old.

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner has referred all questions about the case to Keenan after her office took it over.

Lou Smit, a retired Colorado Springs homicide detective, quit the former district attorney's investigative team after concluding the Ramseys were innocent. He later worked for the Ramseys and is now helping Keenan.

A grand jury considering the evidence adjourned in 1999 with no indictment issued.

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