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JonBenet Grand Jury Documents To Be Released
A Colorado judge has ordered the release of the 1999 grand jury indictment in the killing of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
The documents, which will be released on Friday, could shed light on why prosecutors decided against charging JonBenet's parents over her death.
In 1999, the grand jury tasked with investigating the six-year-old's death voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on a charge of child abuse resulting in death, according to a report in the Daily Camera in January.
But then-Boulder district attorney Alex Hunter opted not to pursue the indictment.
Officials have never explained that decision.
The indictment has remained sealed for 14 years because Mr Hunter decided against pursuing charges against the girl's parents.
A reporter for the Daily Camera and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a lawsuit to seek the records.
JonBenet's body was found bludgeoned and strangled in her family's home in Boulder on December 26, 1996.
A ransom note asking for money in exchange for the safe return of JonBenet was found, but no call ever came from a kidnapper.
The case remains remains one of the most notorious unsolved murders in US history.
At the time, videos of the tiny girl competing in child beauty pageants made headlines around the world, with Boulder police receiving thousands of tips over the case.
Former district attorney Mary Lacy said in 2008 that DNA evidence suggests the killer was a stranger, not a family member, and she announced that she planned to treat the Ramseys as victims of the crime.
JonBenet's mother died of cancer in 2006, still fighting to clear her name.
Earlier this week, John Ramsey asked officials to release the entire grand jury record if the unprosecuted indictment was made public.
However, the judge said transcripts of grand jury proceedings and evidence presented to it are not considered "official action" under the law governing criminal court records.
An attorney representing John Ramsey said he was confident that no evidence in the grand jury case implicated the Ramsey family and the public should be able to see that for themselves.
"Anything less than the release of all of the proceedings is a gross injustice to the Ramsey family," L Lin Wood said.
The case became the centre of media attention for a second time in 2006 when former primary school teacher John Mark Karr claimed he killed the former Little Miss Colorado "by accident".
No charges were filed against Karr after his DNA failed to match a sample found on JonBenet's clothes.