A Colorado grand jury in 1999 voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on two counts each of child abuse resulting in the death of their 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet, according to grand jury documents released Friday, but did not directly accuse the couple of killing her.
The grand jury also voted to charge that the couple helped whoever killed their daughter but did not name any suspect for the slaying.
The prosecutor in the case refused to sign the grand jury indictment or prosecute the couple, saying that prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence to file charges in the cases.
The documents were released Friday by a Colorado judge in response to a lawsuit by Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
The Ramseys consistently maintained their innocence in the 1996 death of JonBenet, whose body was found in the basement of their Boulder, Colo., home. No suspect has ever been tried in the case. Patsy Ramsey died in 2006.
Only two counts from the grand jury documents were released.
Count four said the Ramseys "did unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life or health, which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey, a child under the age of 16."
Count seven of the indictment said the Ramseys did "unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously render assistance to a person, with intent to hinder, delay and prevent the discovery, detention, apprehension, prosecution, conviction and punishment of such person for the commission of a crime, knowing the person being assisted has committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death."
By Doug Stanglin | USA Today