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Indictments for murder expected? - jameson245 - 05-08-2017

Report: Ramseys to cooperate if indicted
Report says attorneys putting together "plan of cooperation"
By Christopher Anderson
Camera Staff Writer



Attorneys for John and Patsy Ramsey are making arrangements for "a plan of cooperation" with the Boulder County District Attorney's Office in the event one or both parents are indicted in the slaying of their daughter, JonBenét, according to a media report on Friday.
The report fueled widespread rumors throughout the day that the Ramseys, who have been under suspicion in their daughter's death, were on the verge of turning themselves in or that the couple had already been arrested.
Suzanne Laurion, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said rumors that an arrest had already taken place were absolutely false, but she declined to comment on whether a letter from any Ramsey attorney had been received. No news agency has obtained a copy of such a letter, which was reported by Fox News.
Adams County District Attorney Bob Grant said it is common for attorneys anticipating an arrest to work out a plan for their clients to turn themselves in for booking procedures to keep the process civil and to show cooperation.
If an indictment were planned, "it would be surprising if it didn't happen," Grant said of the practice.
If such a plan is set in place, it would ensure that there would be no images of any Ramsey family member in handcuffs being escorted to Boulder County Jail.
Most likely, anyone indicted would meet with officials at the jail for booking procedures and to post bond, if any, as determined by a judge.
Boulder County Sheriff George Epp said there is no way for anyone, including the Ramseys, to secretly be booked anywhere else but the Boulder County Jail.
"That's the way it's got to be to start the process," Epp said.
If a suspect from out of state insists on being extradited, the Boulder County Sheriff's Department most likely would be called to take the person into custody and bring that person to Boulder. Transportation would probably be on a commercial flight, because the sheriff's plane that normally handles extradition's is awaiting repairs.
Because any such arrest would stem from a grand jury indictment, the defendant would skip the charging and preliminary hearings afforded nearly every person booked for investigation of a violent crime.
The first hearing after a grand jury indictment is an arraignment, when the defendant is asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. The judge also would make the determination of whether the defendant can be out of state while awaiting trial. In those cases, the judge and prosecutors must decide whether the defendant is a "flight risk" or could be counted upon to attend court appearances.
Despite Friday's rumors and speculation, the sheriff's department was not expecting any arrest related to the Ramsey case and had not been briefed on any plans for the Ramsey's to turn themselves in, Epp said. "I haven't heard anything, except from reporters who are speculating."
Ramsey attorneys did not return phone calls Friday, but have said in the past that the Ramseys were fully willing to cooperate with the grand jury and with the district attorney's office.
JonBenét Ramsey, 6, was found beaten and strangled in her family's home on Dec. 26, 1996. Her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, have been the focus of the police investigation, although they have repeatedly proclaimed that they did not cause their daughter's death.
The Boulder County grand jury has been investigating the case for seven months and is likely to begin deliberations later this month or early May, according to Grant.
April 17, 1999 |


(  The Ramseys have said they were prepared to be wrongfully indicted for murder.  But I would say this:  Had LE expected indictments for murder - or if Hunter had any intention of seeing an arrest - other law enforcement entities would have been told.  JMO)