Court papers: Grand jury in 1999 sought to indict JonBenet Ramsey's parents

(CNN) -- Previously sealed court documents released Friday show that a Colorado grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the parents of murdered 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey with charges of child abuse resulting in death and being accessories to a crime.

The district attorney decided that year, however, not to file charges against John and Patricia Ramsey, saying there was insufficient evidence. In 2008, a new district attorney said that new DNA evidence cleared the parents and their son in the death.

A Colorado court released the previously sealed court documents relating to the mysterious 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey, a girl who won child beauty pageants and whose murder shocked the nation. The pages were sealed in 1999, after a grand jury in the case dispersed without charges being filed.

As a little beauty queen, JonBenet pranced across the stage and into America's heart 17 years ago. In heavy makeup, almost like a real-life doll, her images captivated the nation with every strut, every twirl, every wave.

But even with the fame that followed her death, the question of who killed her remains unanswered.

The 1999 a grand jury that recommended charges against her parents said there was evidence that the child was sexually assaulted, according to court documents. Her parents have consistently maintained they had nothing to do with her death.

An analysis of the girl's clothes showed the source of the DNA was not a family member, according to court document.


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