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Man charged in wife's death returns to Durham

Posted February 26, 2010

— Authorities on Friday brought a former Durham resident charged with killing his wife almost five years ago back to town to face a murder charge in the case.

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.

He arrived at the Durham Police Department shortly after 1 p.m. and declined to comment as investigators led him inside.

"I want to look into his soul and ask him, 'Why?'" said Tim Dowd, a spokesman for Janet Abaroa's family.

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 and Janet Abaroa Man charged in wife's death returns to Durham

"Don't lose sight of Janet. That is what this is about," Dowd said. "It's about justice. It's not about a win or a loss. It's not about a headline. It's about getting justice for Janet and her unborn child."

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.

Dowd said Janet Abaroa's family wants Raven Abaroa held without bond. They fear he will flee the area if he's released before his trial.

"He's gone by several different names. We know that he has at least three driver's licenses from three different states," Dowd said.

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

Janet Abaroa's family has hired an attorney in Utah to pursue custody of Kaiden, Dowd said.

"It kind of burns in your soul," he said of Janet Abaroa's murder. "Young, pregnant women at home with their kid next to them aren't supposed to be murdered brutally like this."


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  • mad_dash Mar 1, 2010

    Of course the ex wife would talk junk.. that's what they do.. Obviously he wasnt that bad to marry him in the first place.. He wont even get a fair trial.. and why did it take this long to scrounge up evidence on him?

  • JEEPIN Feb 26, 2010

    Can't wait to see him try to con a jury into believing his lies and tall tales!

  • wattsun Feb 26, 2010

    Thats what I thought at first... BUT.. just Watch this interview with the woman he married after moving to Idaho.
    You will change your mind Trust me.


  • terminatrixator Feb 26, 2010

    It's preposterous to claim that Raven has been found "guilty before trial."

    Janet was murdered on April 26, 2005, exactly 4 years 10 months ago today and was arrested on February 2nd and is finally back in Durham to face those charges.

    Janet Christiansen Abaroa and her unborn child are victims, not Raven.

  • shortcake53 Feb 26, 2010

    Why does it take years and years to charge someone?? I am losing all faith in our "judicial system", all it does is serve the criminals. It makes me sick.

  • howdiditgettothis Feb 26, 2010

    i agree with you pepples that the criminals are being slowly and methodically arrested. It is a shame that investigators must waste five years covering every legal loophole before they finally are able to arrest the one who they knew did it all along.

    You people who are whining about the what if's, and where are "his" rights....you think you'd be so easy going about it if it were YOUR daughter or mother killed.

    What about THE VICTIM'S RIGHTS?

    Our country wasn't built on someone getting an early release because a jail was overcrowded, or charges being dismissed due to a technicality.

  • wildcat Feb 26, 2010

    Is there something in the water!!

    No it is the mental state that some of these people are in. Just pray for them all.

  • Sarge Feb 26, 2010

    wow guilty before the trial...

  • tootie Feb 26, 2010

    Is there something in the water!! Men killing their wifes! Mother's killing (or selling) their daughters!!

  • samiam1244 Feb 26, 2010

    I am glad to see him brought back.. for the life of me i never understand why these men kill their wives. there are divorce courts. these men really need to have a mental screening. what possess a person to do this. boy would i love to ask a few questions.