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flesh_gordon
08-28-2006, 05:33 PM
It doesn't...

The DNA sample taken from John Mark Karr does not match DNA found on JonBenet Ramsey's body when she was murdered in 1996, CNN affiliate KUSA is reporting.
KUSA, based in Denver, Colorado, quoted two sources in a bulletin on its Web site:
"9NEWS has confirmed from two sources that the DNA sample taken from John Mark Karr is not a match with the foreign DNA found on JonBenet Ramsey's body when she was murdered in 1996. 9NEWS has also learned the Boulder County District Attorney's office will not file charges against Karr in connection with the Ramsey case."
CNN is working to independently confirm the report as Karr awaits his first court appearance in Colorado later Monday afternoon.
Karr will appear before Judge Roxanne Bailin at 4:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET).
Earlier Monday, Karr's defense team requested that prosecutors hand over DNA evidence in the Ramsey case.
Public disclosure of any DNA evidence was specifically barred by a gag order issued Friday. The order applies to all attorneys and law enforcement officials involved in the case. While the principals can discuss some aspects of the case, they are not allowed to say anything that could jeopardize Karr receiving a fair trial
The order is necessary because of "the intense interest of the media in this matter and the amount of publicity that has resulted," Bailin wrote. "The court is concerned that the extensive participant and public comment will disrupt the processes by which a fair trial may be preserved."
The 41-year-old suspect is being held in Boulder County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, first- and second-degree kidnapping, and sexual assault. No formal charges have been filed yet by Boulder prosecutors.
Documents list Karr's birthplace as Conyers, Georgia, and his occupation as "teacher."
On Thursday, Deputy State Public Defender Seth Temin said Karr qualifies as an indigent, and he will be defending him. Temin formally informed the court of the move in a filing Friday.
Temin also filed a motion Friday asking the court to order any samples of Karr's handwriting to be sealed.
"Counsel is without sufficient knowledge about all the facts of the case to be able to evaluate the prejudice that may be associated with release of any of the defendant's handwriting," Temin said in the written request.
A handwritten ransom note from the Ramsey house could be part of a murder case.
Bailin has ordered the Colorado State Public Defender's office not to release the arrest warrant application. The judge gave Temin until noon (2 p.m. ET) Monday to file a response on that issue.
Karr was brought back to the United States from Bangkok, Thailand. He arrived in Colorado Thursday evening from California, where he skipped bail in 2001 after being charged in Sonoma County with five misdemeanor counts of possessing child pornography.
Karr appeared at a brief hearing in Los Angeles and waived extradition to Colorado. (Watch Patsy Ramsey's sister reveal what the family will do if Karr isn't guilty -- 4:11)
Karr was arrested August 16 in Thailand in connection with the decade-old case.
He told reporters in Thailand he was with JonBenet the night she died, and that her death was an accident. The child's beaten and strangled body was found December 26, 1996, in the basement of her family's Boulder home.
Autopsy results showed she had suffered a blow to the head and been strangled with a garrote tightened with a paintbrush handle.
Several media outlets have filed a motion to unseal Karr's arrest warrant and supporting affidavit. In its response to the motion, the district attorney's office repeated several times that the investigation of Karr "is in its very early stages."
Prosecutors agreed the arrest warrant should be unsealed but said that unsealing the supporting affidavit could taint the ongoing investigation, including interviews not yet conducted.
"It is crucial that people we interview provide information that is as accurate as possible, unaffected by influences other than their own resources and their best recollections," the documents said.
After Karr's statements in Thailand, questions have surfaced as to whether the slight, soft-spoken man could have been involved in the grisly killing.
Earlier this year, Michael Tracey, a journalism professor at the University of Colorado, alerted authorities to e-mails he had been receiving from a person now believed to be Karr.
Tracey, who has produced a documentary about the Ramsey case, said there was something in the e-mails "that made me decide I had to try and do something." But he would not say just what prompted him to contact prosecutors.
A law enforcement official told CNN that Karr's e-mails to Tracey were initially innocuous but that the professor contacted authorities when they became "weird." The communications were eventually tracked to Thailand.
Tracey told CNN Thursday he also learned Karr's name five days before the arrest.

SmilesSoSweet
08-28-2006, 05:52 PM
I just read this on cnn.com (http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/28/ramsey.arrest/index.html). I think they should have left him in Thailand until they could confirm his DNA matched. They could have easily gotten DNA from him without having him fly in business class back to states to do so.

That guy is just psycho. He probably just convinced himself so much that he really thought he did do it.

and1grad
08-28-2006, 06:51 PM
I just read this on cnn.com (http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/28/ramsey.arrest/index.html). I think they should have left him in Thailand until they could confirm his DNA matched. They could have easily gotten DNA from him without having him fly in business class back to states to do so.

That guy is just psycho. He probably just convinced himself so much that he really thought he did do it.
Werent there literally hundreds of so-called "confessions" to Jon Benet's murder when it happened? I never really understood why this guy's seemed so credible or what his connection to the family is. Does anybody know? From what I've heard of this murder, it was profiled as being extremely personal and the ransom letter that was written seemed to be by someone who knew that family very well. Also, if I remember correctly, I heard that the place where they found the body means that the person who put her there also knew that house very well b/c even the police had missed that closet.