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9/14/2004

Ramsey suit against Fox progresses

The Associated Press

DENVER — The parents of JonBenet Ramsey returned to Colorado on Monday for a routine court hearing to set dates in their defamation lawsuit against Fox News Network.

“Discovery (the exchange of evidence) will get started sooner as opposed to later, which is good news for us,” said L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta attorney who represents John and Patsy Ramsey, who now live in rural Michigan.

The Ramseys appeared at Monday’s hearing before Magistrate Patricia Coan in federal court in Denver. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Atlanta in late December 2003, but later moved to Denver at Fox’s request.

The lawsuit was filed over a story that aired Dec. 27, 2002, in connection with the six-year anniversary of the 6-year-old beauty queen’s slaying, in which Denver-based staffer Carol McKinley said there has “never been any evidence to link an intruder to her brutal murder.”

JonBenet was found beaten and strangled in her parents’ Boulder basement on Dec. 26, 1996. No arrests have been made.<