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Ex-Durham man to return from Idaho to face murder charge

Posted February 17, 2010

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— A former Durham resident charged with killing his wife almost five years ago waived extradition from Idaho on Wednesday and is awaiting his return to North Carolina.

Raven Abaroa, 30, was arrested Feb. 1 at his home in Montpelier, Idaho. He is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2005 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Christiansen Abaroa.

During a Feb. 2 court hearing, he said he didn't want to be sent back to North Carolina to face the murder charge. On Wednesday, however, he said he wouldn't fight extradition, according to the Idaho State Journal.

He was being held without bond in Idaho's Caribou County jail until arrangements can be made to transport him to Durham, the newspaper reported.

Janet Abaroa was stabbed to death in an upstairs bedroom at her 2606 Ferrand Drive home. She was pregnant at the time, and the Abaroas’ then-6-month-old son, Kaiden, was in the home. He was unharmed.

Raven Abaroa has maintained his innocence in the case. In an October 2007 interview with NC Wanted, he said he was at a soccer game in Morrisville when she was killed. He found her when he returned home, he said.

Kaiden was placed in the custody of his paternal grandmother after his father's arrest, authorities said.

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  • JEEPIN Feb 17, 2010

    On his way back...