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Bond reduced for Durham man accused in pregnant wife's death

Posted September 6, 2011

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— A judge has reduced bond for a Durham man accused of killing his pregnant wife in 2005. 

Attorneys for Raven Abaroa, 35, asked a judge on Tuesday to reduce his $5 million bond to $500,000. The judge lowered Abaroa's bond to $3 million, instead. He remains in jail. 

Janet Abaroa, 25, was pregnant with her second child when she was stabbed to death in an upstairs room at her and her husband's Durham home on April 26, 2005.

Police arrested her husband on Feb. 1, 2010, in southern Idaho and charged him with first-degree murder in the case. He had moved to Utah and Idaho with the couple's son, Kaiden, after the stabbing and later remarried.

Raven Abaroa has maintained that he was at a soccer game when his wife was killed and that he found her when he returned home later that night.

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  • chercheek Sep 9, 2011

    Raven is a very dangerous person. Raven embezzled and before that case heard he kills his wife and unborn child. While on probation for the embezzlement, he showed his taste for under aged girls, and even stolen again. Many men, women and girls are so afraid to even turn him in because of his violent tendencies. Ask his last wife and other women that he's run across over the years. Raven has shown patterns, thieving patterns, violence patterns, and why give him a chance to show he likes to kill again? Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, not in the court of public opinion of those that are afraid of him out on the street!

  • fayncmike Sep 7, 2011

    "He is charged with a capital crime and a Judge lets him out on bail...regardless of how much it is. Hey legal people, how many bodies does it take before they stay in jail until proven innocent?
    danunger"

    First off he doesn't need to be proven innocent. He is innocent and will continue to be innocent unless proven guilty. That's how it works in America. As far as his being a threat to society, that doesn't hold water either. If indeed he did commit the crime it would have been the result of a domestic situation. He's not some th*g that stuck up a 7-11 and shot the clerk. all that remains to keep him in jail till a trial, would be a risk of flight. I don't see that happening. Yes I'd hold his passport but aside from that he doesn't need a big bail or to be behind bars awaiting his trial.

  • Bartmeister Sep 7, 2011

    Why the delay in trial? As much as any of us may believe he did this, if he is not a flight risk or a threat to the public, he is entitled to a reasonable bail.
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    Not sure if he is a danger but he has established roots in at least 2 other states since the murder. I'd say he would be more of a flight risk than anything. A gut feel says he won't run. I think this guy, unless there is some overwhelming evidence not published, I think he stays and fights it. I think he thinks he can beat it, just from what I've read about the guy.

  • Bartmeister Sep 7, 2011

    Based on the wacky outcomes of the last few high profile cases around here, can't wait to see how this one turns out.

  • danunger Sep 7, 2011

    anne53ozzy - if not a flight risk or threat to public??? The guy is charged with a "Capital Murder", pregnant wife = 1.5 people killed...not saying he is guilty but since he is charged already and if he knows he is guilty, he won't run?? Not a dnager to the public.....charged with Capital Murder??? I want you to be my judge if I ever commit a crime.

  • anne53ozzy Sep 7, 2011

    Why the delay in trial? As much as any of us may believe he did this, if he is not a flight risk or a threat to the public, he is entitled to a reasonable bail.

  • danunger Sep 7, 2011

    He is charged with a capital crime and a Judge lets him out on bail...regardless of how much it is. Hey legal people, how many bodies does it take before they stay in jail until proven innocent?

  • jacksonriccardi Sep 7, 2011

    Judge Orlando?

  • jrfergerson Sep 7, 2011

    hey judges, law enforcement keep slapping them killers on the wrist and let them go free like you been a doing and this type stuff will continue. shame on what our country has become toward those who commit crimes toward children and spouses - there is no shame in those who let them go free these days.

  • GODCHILD Sep 7, 2011

    another Jason Young case...

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