Burke Ramsey has filed a $150 million defamation lawsuit against forensic pathologist Werner Spitz.

Burke Ramsey Lawsuit

Ramsey has filed the multimillion dollar lawsuit against Spitz for the claims he made on the CBS special The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey and elsewhere. In the four-part documentary series, Spitz suggested that Burke Ramsey, who was 9-years-old at the time of his sister’s murder, was the killer. Spitz also appeared on a CBS Detroit radio show where he also shared his theory.

“Defendant Spitz has once again interjected himself into a high profile case to make unsupported, false and sensational statements and accusations — this time accusing Burke Ramsey of JonBenét’s brutal murder,” Burke’s lawyer John Lesko wrote in the filing. “In the Interview, Defendant Spitz claims Burke, age 9 at the time of his sister’s death, bludgeoned her to death. Defendant Spitz made this accusation without ever examining JonBenét’s body, without viewing the crime scene, and without consulting with the pathologist who performed the autopsy on JonBenét.”

Burke is seeking $100 million in punitive damages in addition to $50 million in compensatory damages. He is also seeking compensation for internet, attorney’s fees and costs, and for Spitz to be ordered to “remove and retract all defamatory statements” about Burke.


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Burke, now 29, has largely avoided the spotlight since his sister’s death. He reemerged this year for an interview with Dr. Phil in which he detailed the night that his sister was killed in his family’s home back in 1996.

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