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Who Was The JonBenet Ramsey District Attorney? Alex Hunter Is An Important Name

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There are a lot of names in the JonBenét Ramsey case. Many of them hold little importance in the grand scheme of things. Some were more important than others. One of the latter names is District Attorney Alex Hunter, the man responsible for refusing to indict the Ramseys during the JonBenét Ramsey murder case. His name not only came up during the case and trial, but also on the special The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey. In fact, Alex Hunter was called during the second part of the special, but wasn't able to help, according to Jim Clemente.

In the years following JonBenét's murder, a Colorado grand jury voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on two counts each of child abuse resulting in her murder, according to the Denver Post. It is important to note that while they were blamed for placing their young daughter in a situation that suggested possible danger, they were never once accused of being the cause of her death directly. It's complicated, but important to note the difference.

In October of 1999, Hunter announced that there would be no charges filed against the Ramseys after the grand jury's decision. He said they did not have "sufficient evidence" in the case against anyone who had been investigated. In 2008, the Ramseys were completely exonerated in the crime through new developments in DNA evidence.

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BOULDER, UNITED STATES: Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter announces 13 October 1999 the end of the grand jury hearing the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. He said they did not find enough evidence to make an arrest. He met with reporters outside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, CO. AFP Photo/Mark LEFFINGWELL (Photo credit should read MARK LEFFINGWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

Hunter was the District Attorney for Boulder County from 1973 until 2001, as the special showed. It is an impressive run for such a difficult career. There's no doubt that Hunter's career is defined by the case, if the amount of specials surrounding the anniversary of JonBenét's death indicate anything. On the second part, Jim Clemente allegedly called Hunter to confer with him about the case, but the call ended about as soon as it began. According to Clemente, Hunter said that there were statutes that prevented him from talking about evidence of the case.

In 2000, Hunter announced he would not be running for re-election as the District Attorney. He stressed that him leaving office didn't mean the case would turn cold, noting, "We should not give up on this case."