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Dead woman's family fears Durham DA change will delay case

Posted March 8, 2012
Updated April 21, 2013

— The family of a Durham woman killed almost seven years ago said Thursday that they are worried the recent ouster of District Attorney Tracey Cline will delay the prosecution of the case.

Raven Abaroa, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 26, 2005, death of his wife.

Janet Abaroa, 25, was pregnant with her second child when she was stabbed to death in an upstairs room at the couple's Durham home.

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. He was arrested two years ago in Idaho, where he and the couple's son, Kaiden, had moved after Janet Abaroa's death.

A judge removed Cline from office last week after determining that her continued public criticisms of another judge had adversely affected the Durham County court system and brought her office into disrepute.

Although Cline never handled the Abaroa case, her family has asked to meet with retired Superior Court Judge Leon Stanback, who is serving as interim district attorney, to make sure the case remains on prosecutors' radar, family spokesman Tim Dowd said.

“It’s time to move forward, and we just hope this doesn’t cause any delay in our case," Dowd said. "We want to make sure our case is on track.”


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  • terminatrixator Mar 9, 2012

    Jenna Nielsen is the pregnant mother murdered while working on her paper route. Her husband is not a suspect from what I have read and he's cooperated with Law Enforcement, unlike these other men. Cooperation goes a long way to help LE start looking in the right direction, these other men didn't cooperate. Sad but true statistics, the number one cause of death of a pregnant woman is murder and it's most often by the significant other or spouse.

  • Sweetgrl3 Mar 9, 2012

    To the family... I am religious and my comment to you is.... leave it in Gods hands. He will always take care of this situation. This guy will get his.

  • kelli483 Mar 8, 2012

    Don't forget the pregnant newspaper delivery girl....

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Mar 8, 2012

    You have got to be kidding.
    Cooper...Young...Abaroa...all pregnant..all murdered..

  • Pleasepostmycomments Mar 8, 2012

    If I were these folks, I would want it to be delayed. Delayed so there will be some competent person representing the Durham County DA's office.

  • westernwake1 Mar 8, 2012

    I can understand this family's concern. However it is important to move forward on this case with a DA in office who has integrity. This will enable a conviction to be obtained that will not be overturned on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct - which was likely before Cline was removed even if her involvement in the case was minimal.