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Charges dropped against Karr for JonBenet murder

AM - Tuesday, 29 August , 2006 08:08:00

Reporter: Kim Landers

TONY EASTLEY: There's been yet another bizarre twist in a lurid crime that's transfixed America for
a decade.

An American schoolteacher suspected of murdering six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey a decade
ago is not going to be charged with her killing.

41 year-old John Mark Karr was detained by police in Bangkok earlier this month and extradited to
the United States, where he was due in court later today.

North America Correspondent Kim Landers reports.

KIM LANDERS: A week-and-a-half ago there appeared to have been a surprise break in a decade old
murder mystery that's entranced the American public and the media.

A 41 year-old American schoolteacher, John Mark Karr, was detained in Bangkok under suspicion of
murdering six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.

He even gave an apparent confession to reporters in Thailand.

JOHN KARR: It's very important for me that everyone knows that I love her very much, and that her
death was unintentional and it was an accident.

KIM LANDERS: But John Mark Karr was never actually charged with the murder.

And today just hours before he was due to face court in Boulder Colorado, his lawyer Seth Temin
made this announcement.

SETH TEMIN: The warrant on Mr Karr has been dropped by the District Attorney.

They're not proceeding with this case.

We're deeply distressed by the fact that they took this man and dragged him here from

Bangkok, Thailand, with no forensic evidence confirming the allegations against him and no
independent factors leading to a presumption that he did anything wrong.

KIM LANDERS: There'd already been suspicions that John Mark Karr had confessed to a crime he didn't

His ex-wife claimed she was sure he was with her and their three sons on Boxing Day 1996 when
JonBenet Ramsey was founded strangled and beaten in her Colorado home.

And earlier today a local television station reported that hair and saliva taken from John Mark
Karr did not match the genetic material found on the six-year-old's body.

Prosecutors haven't commented publicly about the decision not to proceed with the charges, but Pam
Paugh, who is JonBenet Ramsey's aunt says she always cautioned people not to jump to conclusions.

PAM PAUGH: We do not want to convict anyone who is innocent, whether they raise their hand and say
"I did it" from a mental instability standpoint or they just want to interject themselves for their
15 minutes of fame.

KIM LANDERS: And she's adamant that suspicion should not once again turn to JonBenet Ramsey's

PAM PAUGH: And no, there is not going to be any focus on Patsy and/or John. They didn't do it.

KIM LANDERS: John Mark Karr has now been released from the Colorado jail.

This is Kim Landers in Washington for AM.