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Burke Ramsey To Sue Werner Spitz And CBS For $150 Million Over JonBenét Murder

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Burke Ramsey, the older brother of late six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Werner Spitz, a famed forensic pathologist for falsely claiming that he was behind his sister’s death. Spitz said in an interview promoting the CBS that Burke Ramsey brutally killed his sister back in 1996.

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The interview, which was uploaded on the CBS website on 20th September, has since been deleted. The now 29 year old Burke Ramsey is seeking $50 million dollars in compensatory damages and additional $150 million dollars in punitive damages.

Spitz accused Ramsey of bludgeoning his sister to death with a flashlight. The famed Michigan forensic pathologist claimed that the duct-taping of mouth and binding of JonBenét’s hands and was staged, possibly by parents to make it look like an intruder was the culprit.

In the conclusion of the show that aired on 20th September, a group of experts re-examined the case and concluded that it was its opinion that Burke, who was only 9 years old at the time, hit his sister in the head with a blunt object, perhaps by accident.

JonBenét Ramsey was only six years old when she was found dead in her family’s home on December 26, 1996, a few hours after she went missing. She was found dead in their family home with a nylon cord tied around her neck and her wrists tied above her head.

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JonBenét’s parents and brother were cleared as suspects in 2008 based on DNA evidence that was found at the crime scene. The prosecutors said DNA on the JonBenét’s underwear did not match anyone in the family. JonBenét’s cause of death was asphyxiation by strangulation related to craniocerebral trauma and investigators said there was no evidence of rape.

The lawsuit against Spitz was filed on Thursday in Michigan’s third circuit court. Lin Wood, Ramsey’s attorney, told reporters that such false allegations have no place in today’s society and that the lawsuit is the first step to holding pathologist Spitz accountable for his actions.

The lawsuit claims that Spitz pinned JonBenét’s death on Burke Ramsey for the purpose of “self-promotion and publicity.” Burke Ramsey filed the lawsuit in Michigan since Spitz made the comments to a Detroit station, and both Burke Ramsey and Spitz are Michigan residents.

Lin Wood also pledged to file a lawsuit against CBS. He told reporters on Friday that he is waiting for CBS’ window to retrieve the story before filing that lawsuit. Wood termed CBS “the corporate profit mongers” who only aired the program for maximum ratings. So far, the broadcaster has stood behind the program.

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