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Expert Weighs JonBenet Decision

October 12, 1999

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ A top forensic scientist and the prosecutor in the JonBenet Ramsey case have reviewed DNA records and data and had a long-ranging conversation about the investigation into the girl’s death.

Henry Lee, a veteran of the O.J. Simpson trial and earlier consultations on the JonBenet case, said on Fox Television Monday that he met with Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter on Saturday.

Lee said he told Hunter ``it’s pretty lonely when you have to make a decision like the one you are making,″ and ``when the chips fall, you have to justify why you’ve made such a decision, and face yourself.″

He did not elaborate.

The grand jury hearing the case is expected to meet Tuesday. The panel has an Oct. 20 deadline to issue indictments, issue a report or disband without taking action.

Hunter last week hinted that an announcement might be imminent in the nearly 3-year-old case.

The DNA of JonBenet’s family members has already been tested, and investigators say DNA found on the girl’s body did not match. Lee said last month that further DNA testing was needed to eliminate other suspects.

He said Hunter still has to ``come up with a logical explanation for the DNA.″

JonBenet was found strangled, bound and beaten in her home on Dec. 26, 1996, about seven hours after her mother, Patsy Ramsey, called 911 to report the girl was missing. She told police she had found a 2 1/2-page note demanding $118,000 for JonBenet’s safe return.

Both parents have been considered suspects, and both have said they are innocent.

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