Boulder Police Take Back JonBenet Investigation

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The police chief in Boulder, Colorado,
says the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey will be investigated as a cold
case with all the evidence and actions taken 12 years ago to go
under review.

Chief Mark Beckner says new technology gives investigators tools they didn't have a decade ago. the 6-year-old beauty pageant
contestant was found bludgeoned and strangled in the basement of
her Boulder home in 1996. She was born in Atlanta and is buried in
Marietta, Ga.

Police transferred the probe to the district attorney's office six years ago amid criticism of how the case had been handled.

Lin Wood, an attorney for JonBenet's father, John Ramsey, said he considers the announcement a positive sign that the Boulder Police Department will conduct an objective review.

Wood and Ramsey have said previous police efforts unfairly focused on the family and ignored other evidence.

Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet's mother and John Ramsey's wife, died in
2006 after a long battle with cancer.

Beckner said he and newly elected District Attorney Stan Garnett agreed that police should lead the investigation again. Beckner said he has invited a team of veteran investigators from state and federal agencies to join an advisory task force.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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