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May 23, 2013

Ramsaran released on $300K bail

Children subjects of custody battle

Accused killer Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran was freed from Chenango County Jail on Wednesday afternoon after he and relatives posted $300,000 worth of real estate to meet bail conditions set by County Judge Frank Revoir Jr.

Ramsaran, 38, of New Berlin had been jailed last Friday after he was charged by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department with second-degree murder in connection with the alleged killing of his wife, Jennifer, 36, last December.

He has asserted in interviews with The Daily Star that he had nothing to do with her disappearance. He has also questioned the relevance of the fact he had an affair with one of her closest friends, a woman who had also become his running partner.

“He maintains his innocence, and we are going to defend him vigorously,” said defense lawyer James Chamberlain of Norwich.

Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride had requested that Ramsaran be held without bail, suggesting the accused killer — facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted — could be motivated to flee the jurisdiction. On Wednesday, the prosecutor declined to comment on the fact that Revoir made Ramsaran eligible for bail.

A Chenango County grand jury is expected to be presented with evidence in the case today. Because of that proceeding, McBride said he has no plans to go forward today with what had been a scheduled court appearance for Ramsaran in the New Berlin Town Court.

Jennifer Ramsaran’s unclothed body was found Feb. 26 off a rural road in the town of Pharsalia, several miles from where Ganesh Ramsaran said he found his wife’s iPhone off the side of a road in Plymouth on Dec. 12. Authorities have yet to disclose the cause of her death.

The family minivan that Ganesh Ramsaran said his wife had been driving the day she vanished was found Dec. 16 outside the Plank Road Manor Apartments in Norwich. The vehicle was located by Jennifer Ramsaran’s father.

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