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June 8, 2013

Attorney: Girlfriend stands by Ramsaran

A defense attorney for accused murderer Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran said Friday that the woman who has been romantically involved with the defendant and is considered a material witness in the case is convinced he did not kill his wife, Jennifer.

“Based on my conversation with her, Eileen does not believe that Remy was involved,” F. Stanton Ackerman, an Albany-based attorney, told The Daily Star.

Ackerman was referring to Eileen Barry Sayles, who, according to both Ackerman and the defendant himself, had an affair with Ramsaran, 38, last year.

In interviews with The Daily Star last January — interviews that were conducted about a month before the body of Jennifer Ramsaran was discovered off a remote road in rural Pharsalia — Ganesh Ramsaran identified Sayles as the woman with whom he had an affair.

He also confirmed the two were running partners. Sayles, he said then, had also been a close friend of Jennifer Ramsaran.

Ackerman said Sayles underwent rigorous questioning from police investigators during the search for Jennifer Ramsaran. She was also given a polygraph.

After the arrest of Remy Ramsaran two weeks ago on a charge of second-degree murder, Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said there were no other suspects in the case.

When told of Ackerman’s statements Friday, the prosecutor shrugged off the comments.

“Mr. Ackerman is saying that the defendant’s girlfriend thinks he’s innocent?” he asked. “That’s his prerogative.”

Attempts to reach Sayles for comment were unsuccessful.

Ackerman said he believes Sayles will be a reliable witness if the case goes to trial.

“She’s very honest,” he said. “Regardless of the fact that she had an affair with him, she’s very reliable and very responsible, and she’s a person of integrity. And I think she firmly believes that Jennifer Ramsaran ran into some foul play and it had nothing to do with Remy.”

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