JonBenet Ramsey's brother sues pathologist over killing claim
Published 07/10/2016 | 03:11
The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey is suing a Michigan forensic pathologist who told a media outlet that he killed the six-year-old beauty pageant contestant.
The defamation action says Dr Werner Spitz said in a September 19 interview that nine-year-old Burke Ramsey bludgeoned JonBenet to death in 1996.
"Spitz made this accusation without ever examining JonBenet's body, without viewing the crime scene, and without consulting with the pathologist who performed the autopsy on JonBenet," the complaint, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, says.
JonBenet was found dead in the basement of the family's home in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, her parents and brother were cleared by prosecutors who said DNA on the girl's underwear did not match anyone in the family.
The lawsuit accuses Dr Spitz of being a publicity seeker "with a history of interjecting himself in high-profile cases".
Burke Ramsey, now 29 and living in the Charlevoix area in northern Michigan, is seeking a jury trial and at least 150 million dollars (£119m) in damages.
His lawyers said they demanded a retraction the day after the interview, but Dr Spitz refused.
A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for Dr Spitz hung up.
Boulder police said last month that the investigation into JonBenet's murder remains open.
Police chief Greg Testa said investigators have collected 1,500 pieces of evidence, including the analysis of 200 DNA samples, travelled to 18 states to interview about 1,000 people and have received, reviewed or investigated more than 20,000 tips, letters or emails.
CBS is showing a six-part television docu-series The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey, in which investigators are teaming up with new experts to re-examine the evidence using today's technology and forensics. The first episode was shown on September 18.
Burke Ramsey was interviewed last month on the TV show Dr Phil.