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May 24, 2013

Ramsaran indicted on murder charge

A Chenango County grand jury handed up an indictment Thursday, charging Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran with second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 11 disappearance of his 36-year-old wife, Jennifer, in the couple’s home at 473 Sheff Road in New Berlin.

Ramsaran, 38, is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment in Chenango County Court on Tuesday, Chenango District Attorney Joseph McBride told The Daily Star Thursday afternoon.

McBride said that Jennifer Ramsaran was killed in her own home. Her husband had told police that he last saw his wife when she left the house that day to go Christmas shopping at a Syracuse mall.

Ramsaran was bailed out of the Chenango County Correctional Facility on Wednesday after $300,000 worth of property was posted to effect his release. He had been in custody since last Friday, when he was arrested and charged with murder by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office.

Although Ramsaran was arraigned a week ago before Chenango County Judge Frank Revoir Jr., he will be arraigned again next week on the new indictment. That proceeding will allow the conditions of bail to be reviewed, legal experts said. If he pleads not guilty, as expected, the case will be adjourned and a future court date will be scheduled.

On the Chenango Sheriff’s Facebook page Thursday, numerous people posted comments questioning why Ramsaran was allowed to become eligible for bail. McBride had asked Revoir to remand Ramsaran to jail with no bail, arguing he posed a risk to flee the jurisdiction.

A court clerk, Kathy Schell, told The Daily Star on Thursday that she did not have any written record of the bail conditions set for Ramsaran, and referred questions to the courtroom reporter, Helen Hagen.

Hagen said that other than the financial amounts of bail imposed by the judge — $150,000 cash or $300,000 in property — no other conditions of release were placed on Ramsaran.

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