Depending on who you are, this either is a huge surprise or a massive confirmation of what you have been saying all along.
DNA taken from "confessed" killer, John Mark Karr, does not match what was found at the scene of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, this according to CNN.
KUSA in Denver broke the story originally:
"9NEWS has confirmed from two sources that the DNA sample taken from John Mark Karr is not a match with the foreign DNA found on JonBenet Ramsey's body when she was murdered in 1996. 9NEWS has also learned the Boulder County District Attorney's office will not file charges against Karr in connection with the Ramsey case."
While charges may not be filed for murder, Karr still faces child pornography charges in
Many experts, like Northeastern University criminologist, Jack Levin initially felt Karr was the man. Levin even cited the fact that authorities were following Karr for months prior to his arrest, looking into his background.
Karr had always had an alibi, however. His ex-wife had said Karr was in Georgia around the time Ramsey was killed.
District Attorney Mary Lacy discussed the case at length in a five-page motion, asking the judge in Boulder, Colorado to drop the charges against Karr.
"The People, through Mary T. Lacy, District Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial District, move to quash the arrest warrant for John Mark Karr," Lacy said in the motion. The document laid out Karr's obsessive interest in the JonBenet Ramsey case, including e-mails to a college professor. Investigation into the e-mails showed that Karr had more extensive knowledge of the case than most laypeople.
Authorities actually did attempt to test Karr's DNA in Thailand, but a cleaner sample was needed to determine a factual link to the DNA left behind in Ramsey crime scene. Investigators immediately obtained a warrant to obtain lab-qualified DNA samples from Karr when he was returned to Boulder.
The conclusion was actually reached August 26 but made public today. The DNA taken from Karr simply did not match the DNA in Ramsey's underwear left behind at the crime scene. The grisly murder remains unsolved by all accounts.
Karr originally confessed to killing Ramsey in Thailand while being held on unrelated sex charges. He was brought back to the United States Thursday.