The brother of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen found dead in the basement of her childhood home in Colorado in 1996, reportedly sued CBS for libel, arguing the network of the special “The Case of JonBenet Ramsey” ignored evidence falsely point the finger at him.
Burke Ramsey’s suit sought a total of $750 million in compensatory and punitive damages, LawNewz.com reported.
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“CBS committed fraud in the public—instead of a documentary on the basis of a new investigation by a so-called team of experts, The Case: JonBenét Ramsey was a fictional crime show based primarily on a preconceived storyline script in a self-published and commercially unsuccessful book, Foreign Faction,” a part of the lawsuit read. The suit also names of James Kolar, the author of the 2012 book, among the defendants, according to the website.
There was no immediate reaction from the CBS or Kolar.
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Burke Ramsey’s lawsuit also pointed out that in 2008, Mary Lacy, Boulder County District Attorney, cleared the Ramsey family as suspects after DNA testing.
The current District Attorney Stan Garnett said two weeks ago that Lacy public letter was not binding and that his office was still investigating the case.
The CBS special looks at theories that Burke Ramsey could have killed his sister — allegations he claimed are completely false. He was 9 at the time of JonBenet’s death.
Researchers have said that they are on the lookout for new DNA-testing technology that, they hoped, would continue with the investigation. The move cames after an investigation by the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, KUSA-TV in Denver that, apparently, discovered errors in the interpretation of previous DNA testing.
JonBenet Ramsey’s body was found beaten and strangled in her family’s home in Boulder on Dec. 26, 1996.
Garnett said that many of the new test would target previously displayed items to see if there is new information might arise.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.