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Colo. May Appoint Ramsey Prosecutor

August 7, 1998

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ A detective’s scathing allegations that the district attorney bungled the JonBenet Ramsey case have renewed Gov. Roy Romer’s interest in appointing a special prosecutor.

``As he has in the past, he is consulting with district attorneys in the metro area that are familiar with the case and has requested their insight into whether further action should be taken,″ Romer spokesman Matt Sugar said Friday.

``He is interested in the district attorneys’ opinion of what, if any, intervention is necessary at this point in time,″ Sugar said.

Bob Grant, one of four metro area prosecutors consulting on the case, said the group plans to meet next week and will forward their recommendation to Romer. In Colorado, the governor has statutory authority to appoint a special prosecutor if a district attorney refuses to file charges.

In January, Romer turned down a request from a friend of the Ramseys that a special prosecutor be named. Fleet White, who was with John Ramsey when he found his daughter’s body, accused District Attorney Alex Hunter of misconduct and asked Romer to replace him.

Romer’s renewed interest comes in response to an eight-page resignation letter from Boulder police Detective Steve Thomas. The letter, dated Thursday, lists criticisms of the district attorney’s office that are similar to White’s, but more specific.

Thomas details specific criticisms of the district attorney’s office, alleging cronyism between Hunter and Ramsey attorneys, failure to collect and test evidence, an unwillingness to issue search warrants and a refusal to press charges.

There have been no arrests since JonBenet, a 6-year-old Little Miss Colorado, was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996. JonBenet’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, remain under suspicion. They have maintained their innocence.