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Thursday, August 17, 2006

This is what she said. This is what Mary Lacy said. 

From a news conference earlier today.

Statement from Mary Lacy:

Good morning.

As you are now aware, John Mark Karr, 41 years old, was arrested for the murder of JonBenet Ramsey yesterday morning at approximately 6:00 am in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Karr was living in Bangkok. He began his employment as a second grade teacher in a Bangkok international school on Tuesday of this week.

Mr. Karr has traveled extensively since leaving the United States several years ago. The District Attorneys’ Office in conjunction with many other law enforcement agencies have spent the past few months locating, identifying and yesterday, arresting Mr. Karr. Much work has been done in those efforts. There is much more work that needs to be done now that the suspect is in custody. Our preference would have been to complete that work out of the public eye. That is obviously not possible this morning.

You all have many questions that you are anxious to have answered. John Karr is presumed innocent. We are rightfully constrained by the code of professional conduct and the presumption of innocence from answering those questions today.

What I can tell you in a generic sense is that in all serious cases, we work hard with law enforcement not to make an arrest until the investigation is substantially complete. That optimal situation best protects the rights of the suspect. There are circumstances that may exist in any case which mandate an arrest before an investigation is complete. The primary reason is public safety. A secondary reason is fear of flight. In short, exigent circumstances can drive the timing of an arrest. I am not commenting on the particular nature of this investigation or arrest.

There is a great deal of speculation and a desire for quick answer. We should all heed the poignant advice John Ramsey gave yesterday. Do not jump to judgment. Do not speculate. Let the justice system take its course.

Let us continue to do our job thoroughly. The analysis of the evidence in this case continues on a day-by-day basis.

What I can and very much want to share with you is a deep appreciation for the hard work, total cooperation and dedication of many individuals and agencies across this country and in Thailand. You can surely imagine the logistical difficulty of conducting an international investigation of this nature, particularly when their day is our night and our night is their day.

Our role in the investigation of JonBenet Ramsey’s murder has been to follow up on all legitimate leads that we have received from law enforcement and concerned citizens. There have been many, particularly around dates of interest such as anniversaries. John and Patsy Ramsey have cooperated fully with each and every request that we have forwarded to them.

I would like to briefly introduce to you my chief investigator Tom Bennett, who continues to lead our investigative efforts. Also my top assistants Peter Maguire and Bill Nagel who have worked closely with Tom and his unit. Each of them join me today in extending our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the many individuals and agencies that have assisted us, in particular,

The Royal Thailand Police, Bangkok, Thailand

Department of Special Investigations, Bangkok, Thailand

Chief Edwin Williams and Sgt. Cameron Rowe of the Roswell, Georgia, Police Department

Steve Paganucci of the Atlanta FBI and the Atlanta field office of the FBI

The Atlanta Police Department

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Department

Gary Phillips, SA assigned to the US Embassy with ICE under the EPT of Homeland Security

Ann Hurst, ICE

Taekuk Cho, ICE

Dan Kelly, Special Agent with the FBI in Bangkok

Jeff Copp, Special Agent in Charge, and Tony Rouco, SA, of ICE in Denver, CO

True Rowan with OIA in Washington D.C.

Chris Sonderby with OIA in Bangkok

At every level in Thailand, law enforcement joined forces to provide 24 hour assistance to our investigators here and in Bangkok seven days a week. We are overwhelmed by the selfless dedication and hard work of these individuals and agencies. We cannot adequately express our thanks.

I also wish to thank Chief Mark Beckner of the Boulder Police Department who has offered to provide any and all assistance that we may require as the investigation moves onto home ground. We are grateful for the professional and cooperative relationships that we enjoy with his department at every level and look forward to working together.

And finally, to our man on the ground in Bangkok who has worked tirelessly for us since leaving Denver International Airport for Thailand with little more than four hours notice a week ago Monday……….thank you to District Attorney Investigator Mark Spray, come on home. Tom can use your help here. We need to get you two back in the same time zone.

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The odd part about this for me personally - in the late 1970s in Virginia, one of my classmates was named Mary Lacy. Very sweet girl, and very devout Christian. When the story first broke, I began wondering, "Hey, maybe Mary never married, moved to Colorado, and became a D.A...." But I've confirmed that this is a different Mary Lacy (who recently changed her last name TO Lacy, according to the D.A.'s web site - don't know the details).
I am glad she's playing it safe and not jumping to conclusions herself. From what I have read, there seems to be a lot of weird complications to Karr's "confession," as well as the way the Thai police have represented Karr's statements under their interrogation.

I hope the murder is solved soon, though. I am thoroughly disturbed by this type of heinous crime.
Reading between the lines, it appears that an arrest had to be made before they were substantially ready to make an arrest (no one can be 100% ready). This would account for Lacy's caution.
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