Defense wraps case after Abaroa's mom's testimony

Raven Abaroa's mother Karyn Bolton
May 24, 2013 5:11:58 PM PDT
After Raven Abaroa shed some tears during his mother's testimony Friday, his defense team rested their case without Abaroa taking the stand.

Raven, who is accused of stabbing his pregnant wife to death in their Durham home in 2005, began to cry as his mother talked about his infidelity while married to Janet Abaroa.

His mother, Karyn Bolton, told the courtroom that she told Janet to "Dump him, he's not good enough for you," when she heard about her son's cheating.

On Thursday, a self-described life coach and mother-figure for Raven took the stand to defend him, saying Raven was a person who sought comfort with other women, and that he may have struggled with a sex addiction.

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 wrapped its case after Bolton took the jury down memory lane and described photos of Janet and Raven during happier times.

The prosecution is expected to offer a rebuttal witnesses on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a juror has been replaced by an alternate juror due to a vacation conflict.

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