Reporters Say JonBenet Ramsey's Parents Were Indicted by Grand Jury in 1999

Lawsuit claims its been kept secret for years


DENVER—A Colorado grand jury indicted John and Patsy Ramsey for the death of their 6-year-old daughter JonBenét, but it's been kept secret for more than a decade, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press claims in a lawsuit.

Boulder Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee sued Twentieth Judicial District Attorney Stanley Garnett in Boulder County Court, demanding "a certain criminal justice record".

Brennan and the Reporters Committee claim that the District Attorney's Office gave the public "the clear impression" that JonBenét's parents had not been indicted by a grand jury in 1999.

In fact, a grand jury had indicted the Ramseys for child abuse resulting in death, but Garnett's predecessor decided not to press charges, according to the lawsuit.

It would serve the public intense interest to let reporters examine the indictment, the plaintiffs say.