Officials investigating the JonBenet Ramsey murder case said Friday they would not respond in detail to a detective who resigned in protest, charging the district attorney's office had botched the case.

Police and members of the district attorney's office met on Friday to discuss accusations leveled by detective Steve Thomas, one of seven detectives investigating the slaying of the 6-year-old beauty pageant winner in December 1996."We talked about responding in detail to the allegations presented in the letter but agreed that our primary responsibility is to gather sufficient evidence to prosecute the JonBenet Ramsey homicide, and to further address these charges would only sidetrack the case," Police Chief Mark Beckner said in a statement.

Suzanne Laurion, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Alex Hunter, on Thursday called the letter "outrageous."

Hunter is out of town until next week, Laurion said.

Thomas, a 13-year veteran, claimed Hunter's office treated the dead girl's parents, John and Patricia Ramsey, too gently and blocked police efforts to subpoena telephone and credit card records.

Police have said the parents, who have denied any connection with the child's murder and now live in the Atlanta area, remained under an "umbrella of suspicion."