In 2008, then-District Attorney Mary Lacy wrote a letter to John Ramsey, saying that new DNA evidence had cleared him, his wife and son. She formally apologized for the cloud of suspicion the Ramseys lived under for years.
Last week, another attorney for John Ramsey wrote to District Attorney Garnett, requesting the documents be kept secret.
"Public release of the allegations of an unprosecuted indictment only serves to further defame (John Ramsey) and his late wife," wrote Harold Haddon.
Lowenbach denied the request. State law requires official actions by the grand jury to be released, the judge said.
The parents have always maintained that an intruder killed the little beauty queen.
In 2006, a breakthrough appeared imminent with the arrest of John Mark Karr in Bangkok, Thailand. The 41-year-old teacher repeatedly said he loved the little girl and was with her the night she died. He insisted her death was an accident.
But soon after his arrest and return to Colorado, prosecutors said DNA evidence proved he had nothing to do with her death. The district attorney decided not to charge him.
More years went by. Investigations revealed new details, and with that came more suspicions.
Investigators say they did not find any sign of forced entry into the family home in 1996. No footprints in the snow outside the home, either.
A paintbrush from her mother's hobby kit was used to tighten the rope that choked JonBenet, according to investigators. And the alleged ransom letter came from a notepad inside the house and made reference to little-known details about the family's past finances.
Though the Ramseys were never named as suspects, they were the focus of the grand jury, which first convened in September 1998.
Today, the investigation stands almost where it started -- no arrests and no solid suspects.
The years have certainly stood still for the little girl who was named after father John Bennett Ramsey -- but pronounced in a French style, "Zhawn-Ben-AY."
To many, JonBenet is still the 6-year-old who paraded across television screens nationwide.
But she would have turned 23 this year.