Teacher: JonBenét’s death ‘an accident’

first_imgKarr will be taken within the week to Colorado, where he will face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault, said Ann Hurst of the Department of Homeland Security, one of several officials who accompanied the suspect to his hotel. No evidence against Karr has been made public beyond his own admission. U.S. and Thai officials did not directly answer a question at the news conference about whether there was DNA evidence linking him to the crime. Karr said he had written letters to JonBenét’s mother, Patsy, before she died of cancer in June to express his remorse and it was his understanding that she had read them. One of the officers who cleaned out Karr’s room said he appeared to be an avid writer, and had several CDs on which he had saved his writings that were done on a computer. U.S. and Thai police moved into rooms down the hall from Karr about 10 days before the arrest to survey Karr’s movements and await the arrival of a U.S. arrest warrant, said Thai police official Lt. Gen. Suwat Tumrongsiskul. As Karr was bundled into a police vehicle, he said JonBenét’s death was “not what it seems to be,” though he declined to elaborate. “In every way,” he added, “it’s not at all what it seems to be.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BANGKOK, Thailand – From inside his dingy hotel, the American suspect in the killing of JonBenét Ramsey told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Thursday that he loved the 6-year-old and is “very sorry for what happened” in the basement of her Colorado home nearly a decade ago. John Mark Karr, a 41-year-old teacher arrested Wednesday, was escorted back to his hotel room Thursday to collect his belongings. Dressed in a baggy turquoise polo shirt and khaki trousers, he appeared ashen and stuttered occasionally as he spoke in a quiet voice. “It’s very important for me that everyone knows that I love her very much, and that her death was unintentional, and that it was an accident,” said Karr, a clean-cut, slight man with steely blue eyes and brown hair. Earlier in the day, Karr spoke briefly to reporters after a news conference by American and Thai authorities that was mobbed by news media, some of whom had camped out since sunrise waiting for him to emerge from Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“I was with JonBenét when she died,” he told reporters. Asked whether he was innocent, he said: “No.” He declined to disclose the nature of his supposed relationship to the Ramsey family, or how he may have known JonBenét. Asked to recount the details of how JonBenét died, Karr told the AP: “It would take several hours to describe – to describe that,” he said haltingly. “There’s no way I could be brief about it. It’s a very involved series of events,” said Karr, who speaks with a thick Southern accent. “It’s very painful for me to talk about.” JonBenét’s body was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home the day after Christmas 1996 – a gruesome murder that became one of the highest-profile unsolved mysteries in the United States. last_img read more