Jury hears Ramsey supporters
By Karen Auge
Denver Post Staff Writer

Oct. 1 - BOULDER - For the second time in a week, the grand jury investigating JonBenet Ramsey's death has met - and for the second time in a week the panel is believed to have heard from witnesses sympathetic to her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey.

H. Ellis Armistead, the tall, lanky private detective hired by the Ramseys' attorneys to investigate the 6-year-old's death, walked in the front door of the Boulder County Justice Center on Thursday morning. When he left the building an hour later he was coming from the direction of Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter's office, not the grand jury room.

Hunter followed about a minute later.

It is unknown whether Armistead testified before the grand jury, which operates in secret, or simply met with Hunter and his staff. He was seen going into the grand jury's prep room, a source said.

John Ramsey's two grown children from a previous marriage also were expected to testify Thursday.

John Andrew Ramsey, 23, and Melinda Ramsey Long, 27, arrived at Denver International Airport on Wednesday and were escorted off their plane by Denver police and taken to their attorney's waiting car near an airport fire station.

John Andrew Ramsey, a former University of Colorado student, and his sister, who lives in Virginia, were in Atlanta when JonBeneÚt was killed and are not suspects in their half sister's death. They were publicly cleared by police in March 1997.

But the two could shed light on relationships within the Ramsey family, lawyers following the case say.

Last week, Patsy Ramsey's close friend Susan Stine reportedly testified before the grand jury. The Ramseys visited Susan and Glen Stine on Christmas night 1996 - the night before JonBenet was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her parents' home. The Stines since have moved to the Atlanta area, where the Ramseys also now live.

Susan Stine, who was referred to in Lawrence Schiller's book about the case, "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town,'' as "Patsy Ramsey's pit bull,'' has reportedly remained close to Patsy and staunch in her defense.

Stine's reported appearance came as the grand jury met for the first time in four months. Before that, the last time the panel met was to hear from JonBenet's older brother, Burke, who was in the family's home at the time of her death.

Legal analysts said recent appearances of witnesses apparently friendly to the Ramseys could signal the grand jury hasn't reached a decision.

They may be looking at suspects outside the family, and are relying on family and close friends to tell them about any relationships with JonBenet that could arouse suspicion, said Denver attorney Scott Robinson.

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