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Arrest Surprises Relatives And Former Prosecutor

UNDATED The seemingly out-of-the-blue arrest in the nearly decade-old JonBenet Ramsey case has relatives and even a former prosecutor surprised.

The dead girl’s aunt says that while the arrest was “a long time in coming,” she says it still came as “quite a shock.” Pamela Paugh (paw) also dismisses the suspect’s claims that he loved JonBenet. Paugh points out that she also loved the girl — but never did her any harm.

Former Boulder, Colorado, deputy district attorney Trip DeMuth was also caught off-guard by the arrest — and he knew the investigation was under way. DeMuth figured it would be like past investigations that never panned out.

DeMuth and Paugh agree investigators were too focused on JonBenet’s parents and brother as suspects. The ex-prosecutor says some had “blinders on” that kept them from following the evidence.

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DENVER JonBenet Ramsey’s father says he just wants to let justice run its course, now that there’s been an arrest in the murder of his six-year-old daughter in 1996.

John Ramsey declines to comment on the specifics surrounding the arrest of an American teacher in Thailand yesterday. He tells a Denver television station (KUSA) that wouldn’t be proper, especially considering the experience of his family. Not long after the murder, authorities said Ramsey and his late wife, Patsy, were considered to be under an umbrella of suspicion in their daughter’s death. The child beauty queen was found dead in their home in Boulder, Colorado. Patsy Ramsey died of cancer in June, but the family says she did know that authorities were close to making an arrest.

Ramsey praises prosecutors in Boulder for closing the case. And he says the hardest part “by far” of all the family has been through was losing JonBenet.

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KESQ News Team

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