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April 29, 2014

Ramsaran pretrial hearings scheduled for June

Jury selection slated to begin in September

Joe Mahoney
The Daily Star

---- — Pretrial hearings in the case of accused killer Ganesh "Remy" Ramsaran of New Berlin will begin in June and jury selection for the trial is slated to begin in early September in Chenango County Court, officials said today.

Charged with second-degree murder in connection with the killing of his wife, Jennifer, in December 2012, Ramsaran, a former project manager for IBM, has replaced his initial defense counsel with Mary Ann Kricko of Hackensack, N.J.
 
Contacted today by The Daily Star, Kricko declined to discuss the defense strategy, but acknowledged that Ganesh Ramsaran, 39, continues to maintain his innocence.
 
Kricko was retained by Ramsaran's family after his previous lawyer, F. Stanton Ackerman of Albany, advised court officials that his client owed him $72,000 in legal fees.
 
Law enforcement officials have declined to discus the manner in which they believe Jennifer Ramsaran, a mother of three and a a native of East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, was allegedly murdered.
 
An autopsy conducted by Onondaga County medical examiner's office after he body was discovered in late February 2013 off a remote road in Pharsalia determined she died as a result of homicide but did not pinpoint the manner of death. Authorities said then her body had been exposed to the elements for four months during a period when the weather was alternatively freezing and thawing.
 
Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said he plans to be the lead prosecutor in the upcoming trial.
 
Ganesh Ramsaran, in an interview with The Daily Star several weeks before his wife's body was discovered, confirmed he had what he described as a brief affair with one of his wife's closest friends before his wife went missing. That woman and Ganesh Ramsaran also became running partners.
 
Ganesh Ramsaran insisted that his involvement with that woman had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance in December 2012. He told the Chenango County Sheriff's investigators that he last saw his wife when she left their home to go Christmas shopping at a mall near Syracuse while the couple's three children were in school.
 
McBride has said investigators believe Jennifer Ramsaran never left the house that day and in fact was murdered in the home.
 
Ganesh Ramsaran remains in Chenango County Jail for lack of $500,000 cash bail or $1 million property.