JonBenet’s brother files defamation suit against pathologist who claimed he was the killer

DETROIT (AP) — A forensic pathologist in Michigan is being sued by the older brother of JonBenet Ramsey following an interview in which he said Burke Ramsey killed the 6-year-old girl.

A defamation complaint was filed against Dr. Werner Spitz in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.

The complaint alleges Spitz in a Sept. 19 interview with a Detroit-area media outlet said 9-year-old Burke bludgeoned JonBenet to death in 1996. The now 29-year-old Burke is seeking at least $150 million in damages.

JonBenet was found bludgeoned and strangled in the family’s Boulder, Colorado, home — and the person who killed her is still a mystery. In 2008, her parents and Burke were cleared by prosecutors who said DNA on the girl’s underwear didn’t match anyone in the family.

A woman who answered the phone Thursday at a number listed for Spitz hung up after an Associated Press reporter identified himself.