(CNN) – The JonBenet Ramsey murder case is suddenly back in the spotlight. A court has unsealed part of the unprosecuted indictment kept locked away since 1999.
Four of 18 pages were unsealed Friday. They show a grand jury voted to indict her parents, but the district attorney decided there wasn't enough evidence to file charges.
It's a new twist in a cold case that first captivated the country nearly two decades ago: the gruesome murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
The child beauty queen was found dead in the basement of her family's Boulder home in 1996, but a killer was never captured.
More information has surfaced.
"We're obviously very happy that the judge has agreed with us that the grand jury indictment should be a public document," said reporter Charlie Brennan, The Boulder Daily Camera.
A Colorado judge has agreed to unseal a grand jury indictment from 1999, after a request from a reporter at the Daily Camera.
The newspaper learned that earlier this year the grand jury, in 1999, had voted to indict JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death.
But Alex Hunter, the Boulder District Attorney at the time, decided that there wasn't sufficient evidence to file charges. Even so, a cloud of suspicion remained.
"There has always been the dispute, was this an inside job by the Ramseys or was there an outside intruder?" said Craig Silverman, legal analyst. "It appears the Boulder Grand Jury believed it was done by the Ramseys; that's quite a revelation."
"We think it was a pedophile, we think it was a male," John Ramsey said.
From the beginning, the Ramseys claimed an intruder killed their daughter.
Ultimately, the family was cleared in the case in 2008, after new DNA testing technology helped prove someone unrelated had to have been the killer.
Patsy Ramsey did not live to see that day. She died of ovarian cancer in 2006.
"Your reputation is a fragile thing, and once that's taken away, rightly or wrongly, it's very difficult if not impossible to get fully back," John Ramsey said.
Last week, Harold Haddon, lawyer for John Ramsey, requested the grand jury document remain sealed, saying, "public release of the allegations of an unprosecuted indictment only served to further defame him and his late wife."
"The death of a child is tough, particularly when it's the willful act of another human being that caused it," John Ramsey said.
The Ramsey family attorney, L. Lin Wood, released a statement after the documents were released Friday.
The documents released today validate John Ramsey's position that the Boulder District Attorney should release the entire grand jury record and not just 4 pages from an 18-month investigation that produced volumes of testimony and exhibits. The grand jury's true bills on Counts 4(a) and 7 are nonsensical. They reveal nothing about the evidence reviewed by the grand jury and are clearly the result of a confused and compromised process. The Ramsey Family and the public are entitled to the benefit of the full and complete record, not just a historical footnote. Fairness dictates that result.
It is also extremely important to keep in mind that the released documents from 1999 were the product of a grand jury that did not have the benefit of the conclusive 2008 DNA testing that led to the unequivocal, public exoneration of the Ramsey Family by the Boulder District Attorney. That DNA evidence also established that in 1999, the Boulder District Attorney rightfully refused to pursue criminal charges against John or Patsy, despite the Grand Jury true bills.
Seventeen years after JonBenet's death, law enforcement still has not arrested a suspect.
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