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Boulder Police Finish Questioning Patsy Ramsey; Questions Deemed Fair by Ramseys' Attorney

Aired August 28, 2000 - 2:02 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Their lawyer says he advised against it, but John and Patsy Ramsey are talking with police about the unsolved murder of their daughter, JonBenet Ramsey. This is the first such meeting in more than two years, and investigators seem to be especially eager to question Mrs. Ramsey. Both parents remain under suspicion.

CNN's Brian Cabell is in Atlanta, where the Ramseys now live -- Brian.

BRIAN CABELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good afternoon, Lou.

The investigators talked to Patsy Ramsey for about four hours this morning. Then they came out for a lunch break around 1:00 Eastern time. They came downstairs, talked to reporters, and clearly, they, the Ramseys, and their attorney Lin Wood, seemed pleased.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

LIN WOOD, RAMSEY'S ATTORNEY: I don't want to characterize substantively, but let me say this, from my perspective the questions have been fair, consistent with the request made by Chief Beckner, about new questions dealing with information developed or that has been found since June of 1998. So it's going very smoothly and I hope it's being productive for the investigation.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CABELL: Investigators had demanded that they talk to Patsy Ramsey first. They didn't say why. But she said she has no problem with that. She's fully willing to cooperate.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PATSY RAMSEY: I plan to listen carefully to their questions and answer it.

QUESTION: Are there any questions you won't answer?

P. RAMSEY: No.

JOHN RAMSEY: Never have been.

P. RAMSEY: We've answered every question, every time. The story's still the same.

QUESTION: Are you hoping this will be the last time you have to talk to Boulder police about this?

P. RAMSEY: I would love nothing more than to come out of here and we have put information together to know who the killer is. That would be a dream.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CABELL: It was about 3 1/2 years ago that JonBenet Ramsey was killed in her home, the night after Christmas, in Boulder, Colorado. From the very start, suspicion has focused on the parents but to -- no arrests were ever made. The case in fact, seemed to come to a standstill here the last couple of years. And investigators now admit they need some help.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

CHIEF MARK BECKNER, BOULDER, COLORADO, POLICE: A couple of things have come up, several things over the last couple of years. Certainly we have some questions about some things that they wrote about in their book. We have some questions about some forensic evidence that has developed over the last couple of years, those types of things.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CABELL: Both sides are hoping that they will finish up today. But it could continue until tomorrow as well. They still have to talk to John. They will talk to him separately. Clearly what the Ramseys are hoping for is that after these, this round of questions finishes today or tomorrow, that this so-called "umbrella of suspicion" will finally be removed. From the investigators standpoint, what they're hoping is that they will move one step closer finally to catching a killer.

Lou, back to you.

WATERS: Brian Cabell, in Atlanta today.

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