Judge won’t dismiss Karr case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Investigators have acknowledged they lost Karr’s computer, which allegedly contained the five images of child pornography, but said they found a “mirror image” of Karr’s hard drive on a sheriff’s department computer. Defense lawyers have since filed a motion to exclude that evidence, but a judge hasn’t heard arguments or ruled on that request. SANTA ROSA – A Sonoma County judge refused Wednesday to grant a second defense motion to dismiss the child pornography case against the one-time suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case. John Mark Karr’s lawyers had argued that prosecutors deliberately withheld information they learned from Karr’s ex-wife. Lara Knutson had said she wasn’t sure the computer on which the illegal images were allegedly found was operational at the time investigators seized it. A prosecutor said she hasn’t deliberately withheld anything and Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau agreed, saying Karr “should have had knowledge of the state of the computers,” making their reliance on Knutson unnecessary. Last week, a different judge refused to toss out the misdemeanor case after the defense filed a dismissal motion based on the loss of evidence. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more