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July 09, 2008

Boulder DA Clears Ramsey Family of Any Involvement in JonBenet's Death

Just on FoxNews; I couldn't find a print article yet.

Apparently part of the new (?) evidence that cleared (?) John and the now-dead Patsy was the DNA match of male DNA found on the panties JonBenet wore the night she died to DNA found on leggings she wasn't wearing.

If that's confusing, well, it's confusing to me too. I'm not sure how that actually clears anyone, given that it's possible that the same man touched both clothing for innocent reasons, such as laundering her clothes or moving them.

Stub: The AP has a short report. The prosecutor says the DNA points to an "unexplained third party."

Yes, but, it always did, didn't it? That DNA always suggested (though it did not prove) another person might have been there that night. But there are other possible reasons. I don't see how finding matching DNA on another article of clothing proves the Outsider Theory.

Update: Longer story from KUSA.

I got a key detail wrong -- the previously-known DNA was in panties she wasn't wearing at the time, the new DNA, which matches that DNA, is on the leggings she was wearing.

That's... incrementally more suggestive. But not really proof of anything.

Hard to know until we know whose DNA it is. If it turns out to be someone who might handle her clothing at her beauty pageants, it means nothing. If it's a sex offender, it means a lot.

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posted by Ace at 03:26 PM

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