Ramsaran

Ramsaran

A state appellate court, in a bombshell ruling, on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of Ganesh "Remy" Ramsaran, who had been found guilty by a Chenango County Court jury of killing his wife, Jennifer, in December 2012 inside the couple's home at 473 Sheff Road in South New Berlin.

Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said he was "respectfully disappointed" with the decision and noted he will ask New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals, to allow him to appeal the ruling.

The prosecutor said the appellate court, in issuing the ruling, determined that Ramsaran did not have effective legal counsel during the trial.

Ramsaran, now 41, had been represented by a New Jersey lawyer, Gil Garcia, who had been hired by the defendant's parents.

McBride said if the Court of Appeals does not reinstate the conviction, he is prepared to try Ramsaran again. Ramsaran had been employed by IBM as a work-from-home project manager until he was arrested in 2013. 

Testimony by Chenango County Sheriff's Department and State Police investigators suggested the motive for the killing was an affair that Ramsaran was having with a close friend of his wife, Eileen Sayles of Norwich, who also testified as a prosecution witness during the trial. Ramsaran also stood to collect on a $200,000 life insurance policy on his wife.

Ramsaran adamantly denied having any role in his wife's death. He had reported her missing, telling police that he last saw her when she left to go Christmas shopping at a mall near Syracuse.

Jennifer Ramsaran's body had been dumped on an embankment off a road in Pharsalia, west of Norwich.

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