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May 24, 2013

Ramsaran indicted on murder charge

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Ramsaran’s attorney, James Chamberlain of Norwich, said this week that his client would report to the courthouse for all scheduled appearances and is deserving of bail.

Ramsaran has been employed by IBM as a work-at-home project manager. Whether his employment status has been effected by his arrest on a murder charge could not be immediately determined. IBM’s director of external communications, Clint Roswell, did not return a message seeking clarification on Ramsaran’s status with the computer company.

IBM’s web site, however, continued to include a listing and telephone contact information for Ramsaran in the online company directory of employees.

Ramsaran, if convicted of murder, would face a potential maximum penalty of 25 years to life in state prison.

Chamberlain said Ramsaran maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name at trial.

In a Jan. 29 interview with The Daily Star, Ramsaran stated: “I always cooperate, and I will never hire a lawyer. I’ve done nothing wrong.”

In a subsequent interview with The Star, Ramsaran admitted he had an extramarital affair with a married woman who had also been a close friend of his wife. Those interviews were conducted before Jennifer Ramsaran’s body was discovered Feb. 26 off a rural road in the town of Pharsalia. Ramsaran said his wife never learned of the affair he had with her friend.

While acquaintances of Jennifer Ramsaran have described her as a caring and stable mother, Ganesh Ramsaran, in those interviews conducted while she was still listed as a missing person, said her behavior had changed dramatically in the weeks leading up to her disappearance. He also said he feared her disappearance might be linked to what he said was her habit of playing online games with strangers.

“Before she went missing, she lost 20 pounds,” he said. “Let’s just say it was not the healthy way (to lose weight).” When she dropped to 190 pounds, he said, it put her at her lowest weight since she first became a mother in 1999.“There were lots of behavioral changes,” he said. “I was so proud of her that she was 190.”

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