Former investigator says he will release crime scene photos

Thursday, April 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ A former investigator in the JonBenet Ramsey case says he plans to release crime scene photographs from the case, despite the objections of the district attorney.

Lou Smit, a retired police detective who was a consultant for prosecutors in the case, says the photos point to the likelihood that 6-year-old JonBenet was killed in 1996 by an intruder. Police have said her parents remain under an umbrella of suspicion, but no one has been charged in her death.

A presentation of photos that Smit reportedly showed the grand jury in the case is to be shown Monday on the NBC's ''Today'' show.

District Attorney Mary Keenan said Wednesday that Smit informed her of his decision to go public with the information, and she discouraged the move, saying media publicity has complicated the investigation.

``I am opposed to anyone talking to the media about the Ramsey case,'' she said.

Smit resigned as an investigator for the district attorney's office because he thought police and prosecutors were wrongly focusing on John and Patsy Ramsey. He took with him electronic copies of crime scene photos and other evidence.

Prosecutors sued to get the materials back, but Smit was allowed to keep them and show them to anyone a month after the grand jury completed its work. The jury disbanded in 1999 without indicting anyone.

Smit said he is making his presentation public now in an effort to get investigators to look for suspects other than JonBenet's parents. He said he does not work for the Ramseys.

``If the Ramseys didn't do it, then the killer is still out there,'' he said.