District Attorney Alex Hunter just has been granted $150,000 more to continue his investigation of the JonBenet Ramsey murder.
But some people are unhappy because, for a year and a half, Hunter has talked tough, but he has yet to charge someone with the murder. He can only promise the case is moving forward.
Hunter's latest expenditure was $60,000 to pay a grand jury specialist to advise investigators whether a secret panel should see JonBenet's case - a case that is getting more and more expensive.
Last year, Hunter spent $128,000 on the investigation. This year, he has spent $51,000 so far, and now he expects to spend another $155,000 for a legal bill totaling more than a third of $1 million.
"I don't think anybody will be happy about the money being spent," says Hunter, later adding, "I'm not going to predict an arrest at this time, because I don't want to mislead the public. It meansthat we will continue to put our hearts and brains into this, and I expect it to have a satisfactory resolution. In other words, I expect there to be justice for JonBenet Ramsey by the time this case is all said and done."
Hunter has hired Michael Kane, 46, to be the grand jury specialist. Kane is currently Pennsylvania's deputy secretary for tax enforcement, but served as Denver's chief deputy district attorney from 1979-86.
Six-year-old JonBenet was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home on Dec. 26, 1996. Police will make their formal presentation to Hunter in early June and turn the case over to him.