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. Stay tuned for more details from 9NEWS, 9NEWS.com and 9NEWS Now.Update (1:41 MDT): Rocky ain't got it; (1:43 MDT) Post does.
Update II (1:53 MDT): Hey Rocky! Wake up!
Update III (1:57 MDT): Yay, Rocky!
Update IV: Didn't hear who they cited, but MSNBC says Mary Lacy will not file charges against Karr. First mention of the word "recall"
in 3-2-1 . . .
Update V: It was KUSA.
Update VI: Karr's public defender Seth Temin has steam coming out of his ears, one aimed at the Boulder DA's office and the other at the media, but all he'll say is that he's "disturbed" at how the DA handled the case.
Update VII: Craig Silverman on MSNBC: there's going to be "a reckoning" with Mary Lacy soon. Not threatening, just stating. Not having all your ducks in a row in this situation is mind-boggling. . . . Now they have to backtrack and look kind of silly . . . .
Pam Paugh, Patsy Ramsey's sister, asked by Rita Cosby what she would say to the Boulder DA's office: thanks anyway for getting this freak off the street. If we can help . . .
Update VIII: KHOW's Dan Caplis says KCNC is claiming Karr has "been released." It's not on their website, and right now they've got Dr. Phil doing something Katrina-related . . . .
Update IX: KCNC now has a headline that Karr has been "released from custody," but the story behind the click says nothing at all about it.
Update X: Boulder County Sheriff: Karr is still in custody, you morons. We're holding him until California authorities can come pick him up.
Update XI: Caplish (sorry, had a li'l drinkie) (not really!): Lacy should resign. Her credibility as a prosecutor is fatally compromised. Craigie: I defend cases in Boulder and I'm sure gonna mention her name
a lot. . . Caplis: Lacy sucks. . . .
Update XII (4:27 MDT): Craigie says "recall." That took longer than I thought it would.
Update XIII: KUSA: Why Karr was detained in the first place.
Update XIV: Colorado governor Bill Owens: "Mary Lacy should be held accountable for the most extravagant and expensive DNA test in Colorado history."
Update XV: The Post: "JonBenet case collapses, finger-pointing begins." The News has some pointing, too: "Case setback ends detective's silence":
Update XVI: Jeralyn Merritt: I never thought I'd agree on anything with Governor Owens, but . . .
Former Boulder Police Detective Steve Thomas broke a five-year silence on the JonBenet Ramsey case this afternoon to blast District Attorney Mary Lacy for arresting John Mark Karr, a man she has decided not to charge.
"This was not a faux pas. This was not a misstep," said Thomas, 44, and now living in Florida.
"This was just a blunder of beyond anything I could ever imagine in this case."
"If anybody questioned why I resigned in protest from this criminal justice system in 1998, I think this latest series of events just adds an exclamation point to that."
Thomas quit the Boulder department with a lengthy and passionate resignation letter dated Aug. 6, 1998 — it would have been JonBenet's eighth birthday — blasting the district attorney's office for its handling of the case and alleging the justice system in Boulder was the detectives' greatest obstacle in bringing JonBenet's killer or killers to justice.