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5/27/1998

Ramsey case to be presented to Hunter

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- After 18-months of rumors, leaks and speculation in Boulder's most notorious slaying, authorities will finally present the JonBenet Ramsey case to the district attorney's office.

In a June 1 and 2 meeting for which high-level security and secrecy have already been established, Boulder investigators will hand over some 30,000 pages of evidence to the prosecuting team.

It will be up to District Attorney Alex Hunter to determine if enough evidence exists to charge anyone with the 6-year-old's murder -- either through a direct filing of criminal charges or through the grand jury that was impaneled in April.

Hunter has said he hasn't decided if he will present the case to the grand jury, but his recent hiring of two grand jury experts has fueled speculation that the case will go to the grand jury.

The entire presentation is expected to take two days, Boulder spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm said this morning, and will take place at the Coors Event Center.

``The corridor will be secured,'' Aaholm said. ``There will be no access to that area.'' However, anyone interested in hearing Cmdr. Mark Beckner, the lead investigator in the Christmastime slaying, say almost nothing about the case may assemble outside the event center on Tuesday afternoon to hear his brief comments.

``He may come out and say `We had a good couple of days,' '' Aaholm said, adding that she cannot pinpoint when Beckner will make his comments.

Among the items to be presented are interviews with the girl's family members, the 2 //A-page ransom note, garrotes found around JonBenet's neck and wrists and unspecified DNA evidence.

The presentation comes after countless hours of investigation involving numerous detectives who traveled to three other states to gather evidence.

According to a press release issued this morning, case supervisor Sgt. Tom Wickman, detectives Tom Trujillo, Steve Thomas, Jane Harmer, Ron Gosage, Carey Weinheimer and Michael Everett will present evidence to prosecutors.

Hunter, Chief Trial Deputy Peter Hofstrom, Senior Trial Deputy Laurence ``Trip'' DeMuth, Appellate Chief Deputy William F. Nagel and investigator Lou Smit will likely represent the district attorney's office.

Authorities have not named any suspects in the homicide that has captured international media attention, but have admitted that JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey , have been a focus of the probe..

The child beauty queen was found dead Dec. 26, 1996, in the basement of her Boulder home several hours after her mother reportedly discovered a ransom note demanding $118,000 for the child's safe return.

The little girl was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted.