Karr Released From Murder Charges And Re-Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

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Just when you thought this case cant get more disturbing, well it does. The Associated Press is reporting that Prosecutors decided not to charge John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey. His lawyers said Monday after a TV station reported that the schoolteacher's DNA failed to match genetic material on the 6-year-old girl's body. The schoolteacher's arrest in Thailand a week and a half ago was seen a surprise break in the decade-old murder mystery that had cast suspicion over JonBenet's parents. But inconsistencies in Karr's account immediately raised suspicions that he might be an obsessed follower of the case who confessed to a crime he didn't commit.

Among other things, Karr's relatives insisted that he was with them, celebrating Christmas in Georgia and Alabama; around the time the child beauty queen was found strangled and beaten at her Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996. They said that if Karr had not been with his family at Christmas, they would have certainly remembered it. In an interview with the media in Thailand, Karr said that he was with JonBenet when she died and that her death was an accident. Asked if he was innocent, he said no.

In an interview Monday with MSNBC, Gary Harris, who had been spokesman for the Karr family, said of the DNA: "I knew it wouldn't match. " Karr has been "obsessed with this case for a long time. He may have some personality problems, but he's not a killer, " Harris said. "He obsesses. He wanted to be a rock star one time. ... He's a dreamer. He's the kind of guy who wants to be famous”.

Now word comes through that just after being released from custody in Boulder, Colo., John Mark Karr has been re-arrested. Officials in Sonoma County, California had faxed over paperwork telling Boulder city officials that they would seek to extradite Karr to California to face child pornography charges. The former schoolteacher, 41, was charged with five counts of possessing child pornography in Sonoma County in 2001, but skipped bail and never stood trial, instead becoming a fugitive. He still has the right to fight extradition by petitioning a Colorado court. It was not announced when Sonoma County officials hope to transport Karr to California. Karr's lawyer announced Monday that Karr will not face charges in the 1996 JonBenet slaying.
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