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Report: Ramsey Parents Interviewed

June 25, 1998

DENVER (AP) _ The parents and brother of slain 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey reportedly have talked to investigators from the Boulder County district attorney’s office.

The interviews with John and Patsy Ramsey come just weeks after police investigators turned their case over to the district attorney. They have been interviewed separately and simultaneously since Tuesday and the interrogations were expected to wrap up today, according to Boulder and Denver media reports.

The reports also say JonBenet’s brother, 11-year-old Burke, was interviewed by a representative of the district attorney’s office earlier this month in Atlanta, where the Ramseys moved.

Burke was in his family’s Boulder home when his sister’s body was found in the basement. Police briefly talked to Burke that day and were allowed to watch while social workers interviewed him, but have not talked to him since then.

Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter did not return calls from The Associated Press. Hunter’s spokeswoman, Suzanne Laurion, would not comment.

Ramsey attorneys have said their clients would be willing to talk to the district attorney’s office. JonBenet’s parents, who remain under suspicion, have been at odds with police.

There have been no arrests in the slaying of JonBenet, who was found beaten and strangled in the basement of the family’s home on Dec. 26, 1996.

Police last interviewed the couple on April 30, 1997. Boulder police Cmdr. Mark Beckner, who took over the case in October, wanted another interview with the Ramseys, but they refused unless they were allowed to review evidence in the case, police said.

If the Ramseys are now talking with the district attorney’s office, it’s not surprising, legal analyst Andrew Cohen said Wednesday.

``I suspect the timing is not coincidental,″ he said. ``The Ramseys now can say, `We were willing to cooperate all along. We were just not willing to cooperate with police whom we don’t trust. We weren’t ducking the law. We were just ducking the cops.‴

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