Friend: Janet Abaroa did not trust Raven

Raven Abaroa in court.
May 8, 2013 3:18:00 PM PDT
Testifying through tears Wednesday, Janet Abaroa's college friend told the jury about what she heard and saw during Janet's marriage to Raven Abaroa.

Raven Abaroa, 33, is charged in his pregnant wife's April 2005 stabbing death. He allegedly told police he found his 25-year-old wife in their Durham home on Ferrand Drive after returning from a soccer game. The couple's 6-month-old son was in the home at the time of the killing, but was not harmed.

Adrienne Nelson told the courtroom that she talked to Janet on the phone the day of her murder about the downward spiral of her marriage and about not trusting Raven after the birth of their son, Kayden.

Hours later, she said she got a hysterical call from Raven.

"He said, 'she's gone, she's gone.'" Nelson said. "And my initial reaction was she had taken Kayden and left. But he said 'there's blood everywhere, there's blood everywhere, she's dead.' Those were the only things I could understand."

Nelson also testified that Janet told her she might need to leave school to save her marriage, because she worried about what Raven was doing during the weeks they were apart.

She also talked about how Janet's friendly personality would change around Raven.

Prosecutors have tried to show how Abaroa's attitude toward his wife and his marriage laid the foundation for murder.

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