A shocking detail. In a new sneak peek from The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, forensic experts examine the DNA evidence found on the 6-year-old pageant queen’s underwear at the time of her death in December 1996.
The two-part CBS docuseries focuses on the renewed efforts of a team of investigators to solve Ramsey’s mysterious murder 20 years later.
In the new preview, a team of experts examines a pair of panties identical to those worn by the victim in an attempt to uncover new details. One examiner points out that the team “all wore gloves, so nobody touched the panty.” However, there was still female DNA present on the underwear, “which [is] indicative that DNA was left on during the manufacturing process when a worker handled the panty.”
The Case Of investigators, meanwhile, noted that the Boulder District Attorney Mary T. Lacy (who exonerated the little girl’s parents, John and Patsy, and her brother, Burke Ramsey) stated at the time of the murder that a “match of male DNA” was found on two separate items of Ramsey’s clothing, which “makes it clear … that an unknown male handled these items.”
“It seems like District Attorney Lacy should not have exonerated anybody based on just transferred DNA,” investigator Jim Clemente says in the sneak peek. “[The Boulder police department] has to take your recommendations and retest with newer technology, with more reliable DNA tests, all the evidence that they have. DNA is reliable evidence if you interpret it properly.”
Ramsey’s case returned to the spotlight in recent weeks following the airing of an A&E special, a Dateline investigation and Dr. Phil McGraw’s three-part interview with Burke, who spoke out publicly for the first time in two decades.
Watch the sneak peek above. The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey premieres on CBS Sunday, September 18, at 8 p.m. ET.
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