March 12, 1998 - Ramsey Update #65
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Police ask District Attorney to convene
Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby and Commander Mark Beckner today requested and recommended that the Boulder District Attorney convene a grand jury investigation into the homicide of JonBenet Ramsey. While there is still some investigation left to be done, both Chief Koby and Commander Beckner believe the investigation has progressed to the point at which the authority of a grand jury is necessary in order to have a complete investigation. A grand jury can be utilized to obtain sworn testimony, to obtain items of evidentiary value not otherwise available through routine investigative methods, and to review the case for purposes of seeking an indictment against the person or persons responsible for the death of JonBenet.
Commander Beckner has worked closely with the District Attorneys Office in recent weeks in preparation of the recommendation for a grand jury. According to Beckner, We only make this request/recommendation after 14 grueling months of investigation, much consideration and thought, and after consultation with attorneys familiar with, and experienced in the use, of grand juries. We believe the investigation has reached the point at which a grand jury will be very helpful in completing the investigation, thus, our recommendation to the District Attorney.
As the investigation progressed in recent weeks, the direction the investigation should take became very clear. As stated at a Dec. 5, 1997 news conference, the police were working toward one of three options:
Out of a task list that has now grown to 90 tasks, 64 tasks have been completed or worked on as thoroughly as possible. The longer we worked on the case, the clearer it became that inactivating the case would not be appropriate, said Beckner. The appropriate step at this time is to ask for a grand jury to assist us in gathering additional admissible evidence.
The next step will be for the police to assist the District Attorneys Office in the review of case files and evidence. Given the volume of information gathered to date, it is expected that it will take some time for the District Attorneys Office to complete its review of the case files prior to any decision being made. We have worked well with the DAs Office in the last five months and I expect to work even closer with them in the months to follow, added Beckner.
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