Previously sealed court documents released today reveal that a grand jury voted to formally charge her parents with child abuse resulting in death, as well as being accessories to a crime.
“It appears that the district attorney, presumably acting at the direction of the grand jury, prepared a series of possible charges regarding John Ramsey and Patricia Ramsey based on the fact that the child had died and that there was evidence that a sexual assault of the child occurred,” Judge Robert Lowenbach wrote in his order to release the sealed court documents.
In 1999, however, the district attorney decided not to file charges against John and Patricia Ramsey, citing insufficient evidence. Her parents have always maintained they had nothing to do with their 6-year-old daughter’s brutal death, and they were never formally named as suspects in the case.
“There’s a killer on the loose,” Patricia Ramsey said a few days after her daughter’s death in 1996. “I don’t know who it is. I don’t know if it’s a she or a he, but…there’s someone out there.” Patsy Ramsey passed away in 2006 after a battle with ovarian cancer.
Last week, her husband John Ramsey’s attorney wrote to Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, asking the documents to remain sealed.
“Public release of the allegations of an unprosecuted indictment only serves to further defame (John Ramsey) and his late wife,” he wrote.
However, his request was unsuccessful, and 18 pages of sealed court documents were released this week. While the documents reveal the grand jury’s suspicions surrounding the Ramseys, they do not offer any new evidence about who was responsible for her death.