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9/25/1999

Pathologist in case s

by B.J.Plasket
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER One of the world's leading forensic pathologists has painted a bleak picture of the evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation.

Dr. Henry Lee, who has been an off-and-on consultant to Boulder authorities for the past two years, made the comments Thursday night during an appearance on CNBC's "Rivera Live."

Lee, who had a lengthy meeting with District Attorney Alex Hunter and grand jury specialist Michael Kane earlier this week, said there "was no crime scene" when he was brought into the case some three months after the body of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found in the basement of her family's home on Dec. 26, 1996.

Lee also said investigators have "no major piece" of physical evidence in the case.

Lee told host Geraldo Rivera a successful prosecution needs a good crime scene, some good physical evidence, witness and some luck.

"We've had no luck," he said, adding the case has no witnesses and only "some" physical evidence. He said some evidence is still being tested and that some tests may well lead to further tests.

But Lee also said the absence of a good crime scene doesn't automatically doom the case.

"Not all crime scenes are crystal clean," he said. "There are cases worse than this."

Alan Dershowitz, the prominent attorney who served on the O.J. Simpson defense team, also appeared on the program, saying Lee's objectivity and honesty could turn against prosecutors if he takes the stand in a trial.

Dershowitz said if there are problems with evidence, Lee would admit it under cross-examination.

"You could make him your witness," he said of Lee. "He's very honest and he's not on anyone's side."

Dershowitz said in the absence of an "external" development, he doesn't expect the case to be solved.

"Absent a new development, I don't think this evidence will result in a conviction," he said.

Lee declined to predict the outcome of the case, saying, "As a scientist, I don't answer legal questions."

The grand jury, meanwhile, did not meet on Friday after its one-day session on Thursday. It is expected to meet again next week.