Abaroa's marriage counselor takes stand

Raven Abaroa enters the courtroom.

May 23, 2013 2:36:36 PM PDT
In a Durham county courtroom Thursday, the defense continued to make a plea that accused killer Raven Abaroa is innocent in the death of his wife Janet.

A self-described life coach and mother-figure for Raven took the stand to defend him. Misty Foxley said Raven had his struggles, but his marriage was like any other tested by infidelity. Foxley taught a marriage class the Abaroas attended and told the jury he was a good person who wanted to do the right thing.

"Raven really cares about people. Each one of these girls he had a relationship with he sincerely cared about their welfare. He's a good person and he's trying to be a good person," Foxley said.

She added that Raven was a person who sought comfort with other women, and that he may have struggled with his faith and a sex addiction. Despite that, she recalled a loving couple eager to repair their marriage.

"They both expressed that that night and said they wanted to have a strong family," Foxley said.

She also told the jury Janet was hardly a wife under her husband's control.

For weeks, the jury has heard testimony portraying Raven as verbally abusive, and an adulterous husband capable of stabbing his wife while their infant son slept. Testimony has labeled Janet Abaroa as timid and afraid.

Fiery emails Janet sent to a former coworker who dated Raven during their separation suggests otherwise.

"I told Raven if he wanted to be with you then fine. I don't care. I'm not his charity case. And I would be fine without him," Janet wrote.

The defense shared more emails from Raven writing to family friends after his wife's death.

"I thought coming to Utah would allow me to run from all my depression, tut truthfully and realistically, the pain follows me wherever I go, and I must be strong through it," Raven wrote. "Janet has sent angels to care for Kaiden and I...I believe you all to be among those angels."

A witness who was supposed to take the stand Thursday was held up by a flight delay. That person will take the stand Friday morning.

The defense could wrap its case after that.

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