DENVER POST - In his first public remarks since the Daily Camera reported that a grand jury voted in 1999 to indict him and his wife for child abuse resulting in the death of his daughter JonBenet, John Ramsey was dismissive of the news in an interview with People magazine.
"It's just more drama," said Ramsey, 69, in the Feb. 11 edition, which appears on newsstands Friday.
The Camera reported exclusively on Sunday, based on interviews with grand jurors and other sources knowledgeable about the case, that the grand jury investigating the Christmas night 1996 death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey voted to indict both of the girl's parents. The eight women and four men of the grand jury had heard evidence from September 1998 to October 1999.
Sources told the Camera that then-Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter declined to sign the indictment and go forward with a prosecution, based on his determination that the evidence was not sufficient to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
Multiple requests by the Camera for comment from John Ramsey in the wake of Sunday's report, placed through his legal representatives, were not successful. People's article did not make clear whether Ramsey previously had been aware of the grand jury's vote to indict.
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