Alex Hunter refused to indict a case BEFORE JonBenet Ramsey
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#1 Jan 28, 2013
This important information is on a lot of threads, but I want it to be easily accessible with it's own thread.
Steve Thomas said in his book that if you want to understand Alex Hunter's actions in the Ramsey case, you have to understand how Alex Hunter acted in the major high profile case in Boulder BEFORE the JonBenet Ramsey case - the Sid Wells case.
In 1983, Sid Wells was a University of Colorado student in Boulder dating actor Robert Redford's daughter. He was killed, and Thayne Smika was then AND IS NOW the prime suspect in his murder. Hunter convened a grand jury in the Sid Wells case AND ACTUALLY TOLD THEM NOT TO VOTE TO INDICT SMIKA. Smika promptly skipped the jurisidication, and has not been seen in 30 years. Lacy also would not indict the case. But BRAVE Stan Garnett DID indict the case in 2011, and the person indicted is THAYNE SMIKA, the person Hunter told a grand jury NOT to indict:
In the investigation of University of Colorado student Sid Wells' gunshot death in 1983, the Boulder County District Attorney's Office asked a grand jury to "make no decision in this case on the issue of whether or not the suspect had murdered Sid Wells," according to court records of the grand jury proceeding later released under court order.
Prosecutor Pete Maguire stated in an affidavit that he explained to the grand jury that he did not think there was enough evidence to file criminal charges.
"After a period of deliberation the grand jury indicated that they would not request that they be allowed to vote and decide the issue of probable cause," according to Maguire's affidavit.
In 1997, Boulder police reopened their investigation of that grand jury's target, Thayne Smika, whose whereabouts are unknown.
#2 Jan 28, 2013
Thirty years of no justice for Sid Wells, and Alex Hunter told a grand jury NOT to indict the then and current prime suspect. Sixteen years of no Justice for JonBenet Ramsey, and Alex Hunter refused to prosecute a case a grand jury DID indict against BOTH John and Patsy Ramsey.
#3 Jan 28, 2013
This is Super Dave's thread from another board about Alex Hunter's sorry track record as Boulder District Attorney:
Boulder DA - A Profile in Incompetence:
#4 Jan 29, 2013
Anyone calling Hunter any kind of hero needs to read this thread, and know the FACTS about his SORRY track record as a DA.
“May you all come home”
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#5 Jan 29, 2013
Anyone calling Hunter any kind of hero needs a lot more than reading this thread!
#6 Jan 29, 2013
That is of course unless you are one of the contemptible lowlifes on the Ramsey payroll. Lin Wood and Brian Morgan come to mind.
#7 Jan 29, 2013
Why yes. All these lawyers are hoping for an incompetent DA who will sabotage a GRAND JURY INDICTMENT for their GUILTY CLIENTS. He's a DEFENSE ATTORNEY'S dream come true. He ALWAYS let the Ramseys walk all over that office, AND Hunter's top pro-intruder prosecutor, who was so close to Hunter, that Hunter called him "like my son" Trip DeMuth went to work for John Ramsey's lawyer, Mike Bynum, after he lost the race for DA to Mary Keenan.
#8 Jan 29, 2013
I posted this in 2008, it's deja vu all over again:
|Report Abuse |Judge it!|#1 Mar 20, 2008
Yet today she worries that former district attorney Alex Hunter and current district attorney Mary Lacy - both fearing failure under worldwide scrutiny - have shied away from bringing charges, she said.
I would rather have a jury of 12 decide rather than one person in the district attorney’s office,” Menger said.“We have a very solid circumstantial case.”
Lacy did not return a call for comment.
Sound familiar? It should. Another case where there is a long time suspect and no charges, because either you believe the family's reason why, or the DA's:
The media glare may have had an adverse affect on the case from the beginning.
Former District Attorney Alex Hunter and Smika’s attorneys agreed, in writing, that the grand jury convened to investigate the case would not indict Smika. They also agreed that Smika’s mother and sister would not be called as witnesses.
In exchange, Smika’s attorney allowed his client to remain in police custody, even though no charges were formally filed against him.
"THE DEAL DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE IF HUNTER WAS SINCERELY TRYING TO SOLVE A HOMICIDE, Menger said.
“To me it was rather strange that he did that,” Menger said.
Since: May 11
#9 Jan 29, 2013
It comes down to the people of Boulder, Candy. They re-elected the creep over and over knowing he had no interest in protecting their's! It looks like the people of Boulder don't care that their neighbor gets murdered, just as long as there's money in the coffers for those infamous bike paths.
If Robert Redford couldn't turn over that rock, then it really says BOULDER won't budge.
#10 Jan 29, 2013
I disagree. Most of the time, Hunter ran unopposed. Boulder has HISTORICALLY had a LOW crime rate, including ZERO HOMICIDES in 2012, and ONE in 1996, JonBenet Ramsey. Plea bargains are public friendly in such an environment, you don't make any enemies that want to vote against you.
It's a new day with a WONDERFUL, FIRST RATE DA in office, Stan Garnett now. He HAS tried the cold cases, AND WON, that Hunter and Lacy DISCRACEFULLY would not prosecute. His office is a night and day difference than Hunter and Lacy's was.
#11 Jan 29, 2013
One thing the public can do right now that would really help the BPD and DA is to write to or call the TV program "America's Most Wanted" and ask them to feature the Sid Wells/Thayne Smika case on it's show. The Boulder Police formally asked that show in April, 2012 to feature that show, and to date, it has not featured it. ALL IT WILL TAKE to locate Thayne Smika is for someone to see the age progressed drawings of Smika to turn him in, just like the AMW viewers saw the age-progressed drawings of John List 18 years on the lam, and turned HIM in. It would be HUGE for the Sid Wells case to be TRIED AND WON by Stan Garnett after Hunter and Lacy refused to try it. All Hunter did was cut and paste what he did in the Sid Wells case to the JonBenet Ramsey case.
You can contact America's Most Wanted at this link:
#13 Jul 27, 2013
Thanks for the link, candy. I contacted them about the Wells' case and hope others will as well.
#14 Jul 27, 2013
Great! Thanks so much for doing that Mac87!
#15 Jul 27, 2013
In 1998, Many crime victims in Boulder who received no justice under Hunter came together to ask for a special prosecutor, so JonBenet WOULD receive Justice.
#16 Mar 1, 2014
Some really good information on DA Alex Hunter's office like:
"As a drug lawyer in Boulder," a local defense attorney remarked, "it's easy to look like a genius. The D.A.'s office gives you great deals for your clients just to get rid of you."
"The whole legal system in Boulder has produced a hands-off environment," he says, "and Alex Hunter has been the right man for the job. His people just don't take on difficult prosecutions, because it's too risky. If they don't think they can get a clear-cut victory, they back off."
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