No Special Prosecutor In Ramsey Murder Case

DENVER--Colorado Gov. Bill Owens yesterday urged the parents of JonBenet Ramsey to "stop hiding behind their attorneys" and return to the state to help solve their daughter's murder, "no matter where the trail might lead."

Speaking at a news conference, Owens said he would not name a special prosecutor in the case because new evidence had surfaced and that police and prosecutors were on the right track to find out who murdered the 6-year-old girl whose body was found in the basement of her parents' house Dec. 26, 1996.

"To the killers, let me say this: You only think you have gotten away with murder. There is strong evidence to suggest who you are," Owens said. "I think investigators are moving closer to proving their case. They will keep pursuing you. You will reap what you have sown."

Asked directly if he believed the parents were involved in the slaying, Owens said, "No comment." The Ramseys, who moved to the Atlanta area after the killing, have insisted they are innocent. Their attorneys called the governor's remarks "slanderous," and lawyers who have followed the case said they were highly unusual.


* COLTS NECK, N.J.--Two brokers who promoted penny stocks over the Internet were shot to death gangland-style inside a mansion where they operated their business in what a prosecutor called "an execution." Friends found Alain Chalem, 41, and Mayir Lehmann, 37, Tuesday.

* MIAMI--Seeking to prevent the extinction of the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow, a coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District to try to force them to restore natural water flows in the Everglades.

* NEW YORK--Eugeniusz Koczuk, 48 and the owner of import company Gino International, and Wieslaw Rozbicki, 37, became the first people prosecuted under an international law to protect endangered species. They are accused of smuggling Russian sturgeon roe.

* CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Several scientists received threatening letters booby-trapped with razor blades and allegedly sent by a group of animal rights activists. Nationwide, about 80 scientists who work with primates were targeted in a communique posted on the Web.

* LITTLETON, Colo.--The parents of Columbine High School gunman Eric Harris met with authorities Monday after months of refusing to talk, but officials declined to provide details, saying, "All parties anticipate that future meetings will take place."

* LONG PRAIRIE, Minn.--On the day before the fifth anniversary of Susan Smith's drowning of her two sons in a South Carolina lake, Lisa Patchen, 28, was charged with trying the same thing. Her daughter Amber Johnson, 6, died, and Amber's sister, Allysha, 7, was in critical condition after being pulled from Lake Latimer on Sunday morning, police said.