John Mark Karr is behind bars in Boulder, Colo., where he’ll face charges that he killed 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey in 1996.
Karr landed at Jefferson County Airport outside of Boulder on Thursday evening after a three-hour flight from California’s Long Beach Airport. Although he didn’t enjoy the champagne and prawns he was served during his business-class flight from Thailand to Los Angeles over the weekend, he still traveled in style.
The 41-year-old former schoolteacher flew in a Beech King Air Twin Turboprop airplane sometimes used by Colorado Governor Bill Owens.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle told reporters at a hastily assembled press conference after Karr’s arrival that the aircraft was lent to the Boulder Sheriff’s Department by the Colorado State Patrol, the agency in charge of transporting the Governor.
Pelle said he requested the plane to avoid the hassles of security at both the L.A. and Denver International Airports, and that Boulder County would pick up the more than $545-per-hour bill for the flight.
Karr is now in Boulder County Jail, where he is being sequestered from the rest of the 500 inmates there “due to the charges against him,” Pelle said. “We want to make sure he is safe and secure.”
Also on Thursday, Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy responded to media requests that Karr’s 90-page arrest affidavit be unsealed.
“Despite what may have been disclosed to the public over the many years since the crime, most of the evidence in the affidavit has not been disclosed,” she said in a filing asking the judge to deny the request. “Our primary responsibility is to complete this investigation as thoroughly and as professionally as possible under the time constraints inherent in these very unusual circumstances.”
A brief hearing to advise Karr of his rights is expected late Friday or on Monday.