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September 25, 2013

Ramsaran's bid for hearing denied

Chenango County Judge Frank Revoir Jr. has rejected a request from the defense attorney for accused killer Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran of South New Berlin to hold a hearing at which the amount of bail would be reconsidered.

The judge determined there was no basis for such a hearing at this time, according to both Ramsaran’s attorney, F. Stanton Ackerman of Albany, and Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride, who is prosecuting Ramsaran on a charge of second-degree murder.

The former IBM project manager is accused of killing his 36-year-old wife, Jennifer, on Dec. 11 in the house the couple shared with their three young children. Ganesh Ramsaran reported his wife missing that night. Her body wasn’t located until Feb. 26, when it was located off a rural road in the town of Pharsalia by the father of a sheriff’s deputy.

“There’s been no change of circumstances,” McBride said, in agreeing with Revoir’s decision to reject the bail review.

Ackerman contends the essential facts of the case had remained the same between the time Ramsaran was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department on May 17 and when he was indicted six days later. Revoir had initially set bail at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond, which Ramsaran was able to post. However, following his indictment, McBride argued that bail should be denied bail altogether, and Revoir responded by increasing the amount to $500,000 cash or $1 million bond.

According to legal briefs filed by both sides, a possible motive for the alleged murder involves the extra-marital affair that Ganesh Ramsaran told police investigators he had been having with a close friend of his wife.

Ackerman complained that McBride has not provided him with any information on the precise manner in which Jennifer Ramsaran was killed. The prosecutor said Ackerman is being provided with all evidence in the case, and noted that there are a number of examples of murder cases being prosecuted without the method of the killing being detailed for jurors.

In the Ramsaran case, the victim’s body had been exposed to the elements for approximately 77 days amid weather with alternating periods of freezing and thawing.

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