GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted a private detective and his wife for providing what authorities say was confidential information to news organizations about the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation.
James Joseph Rapp, 39, and Regana Rapp, 29, also allegedly furnished the media with private information about the victims of the Columbine High School shooting, and used subterfuge to get everything from unlisted telephone numbers to bank records, according to the indictment, unsealed Friday."No one should be allowed to make a profit by selling personal information about the victims of tragedies when the information is illegally obtained," said Jefferson County District Attorney Dave Thomas.
Rapp and his wife were charged with multiple counts of racketeering, and face up to 24 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million if convicted.
Meanwhile, the parents of one of the Columbine High School gunmen are fighting a judge's order to release their son's autopsy report.
Judge Henry Nieto last month sealed the autopsy reports for gunmen Thomas Klebold and Eric Harris, the 12 students and teacher who died in the April 20 rampage.
He said releasing the reports would do substantial harm to the public's interest by prolonging grief for families in the community.
The Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post sued to have the gunmen's reports released. Nieto ordered them unsealed, but agreed Thursday to withhold the Klebold report for 10 days to give the family time to appeal.