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Former Durham resident indicted in death of wife

Posted February 15, 2010
Updated February 16, 2010

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— A grand jury has indicted a former Durham resident in the fatal stabbing of his wife. The indictment handed up Monday charges Raven Abaroa with first-degree murder in the April 2005 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Christiansen Abaroa.

Durham police arrested Abaroa, 30, on Feb. 1 at his home in Montpelier, Idaho. He is being held without bond in Idaho's Caribou County jail.

During a Feb. 2 court appearance, Abaroa requested a court-appointed attorney and told the judge he didn't want to be sent back to North Carolina to face the murder charge, according to the Idaho State Journal.

The newspaper said a Feb. 17 extradition hearing was scheduled in the case.

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

In an October 2007 interview with NC Wanted, Raven Abaroa said he had nothing to do with his wife's death. He told police he was at a soccer game in Morrisville when she was killed. He found her when he returned home, he said.

Raven Abaroa and his son left North Carolina after his wife’s death, and he remarried. He is estranged from his wife, Vanessa Pond.

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


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  • JEEPIN Feb 16, 2010

    He's coming back... just a matter of time. What's a few more weeks when it's been five years already? I would love for him to be on trial on the anniversary of Janet's death.

  • fearna Feb 16, 2010

    How does anyone just decide they don't want to go back to the state the killed someone in and face the consequences? And why do we spend money arguing that point? Slap that boy in some handcuffs and drag his sorry self back here!