John Mark Karr has another court hearing in Colorado later today. Now that DNA tests have cleared him of involvement in the JonBenet Ramsey case, Karr now faces extradition to California on unrelated charges. Officials in Boulder insist they were right to bring him in.
A day after the case against John Mark Karr fell apart, questions linger about why he was arrested in the first place. Boulder District Attorney, Mary Lacy says, “hindsight is 20/20 vision. It’s easy to criticize at the end of the game.”
Lacy says her team of prosecutors viewed dozens of e-mails and listened to phone conversations between Karr and a Colorado Professor that convinced them that he was their suspect.
Karr had reported, “I covered her mouth. But before I did, I kissed her on her lips. I said, “I love you, JonBenet.” I’m so sorry. But Lacy says when Karr’s DNA did not match the DNA found on JonBenet Ramsey’s underwear, they realized they didn’t have a case. Mary Lacy says, “the way he told the story, it had to have been his or it was over.”
Legal experts say false confessions like the ones Karr made in the e-mails and over the phone are hardly unusual. Dr. Keith Ablow, a forensic psychiatrist explains “this guy has nothing, that is why he is attaching himself to dramas that are not his.”
Today, Karr remains in jail, awaiting extradition to California on child pornography charges dating back to 2001. Sheriff Joe Pelle of Boulder County, Colorado says, “we’ve had contact with California authorities and they’ve confirmed they want to extradite him.”