Jury to resume deliberations in Abaroa case Friday

Raven Abaroa enters the courtroom.

May 30, 2013 3:51:02 PM PDT
Deliberations ended Thurdsay without jurors reaching a verdict in the Raven Abaroa murder trial in Durham.

So far, a jury of seven men and five women has deliberated for more than five hours after just getting the case Wednesday evening.

This jury has asked just one question so far. They've requested several items as they consider Raven Abaroa's fate.

They wanted to revisit his 911 call from the night of his wife's stabbing death along with photos of the crime scene and the defendant's clothing.

At one point, jurors watched a home video of Raven Abaroa that he recorded himself.

Prosecutors told a Durham jury Wednesday that all roads point to the husband in the 2005 murder of young mother Janet Abaroa.

Jurors heard closing arguments from both sides in the trial of 33-year-old Raven Abaroa, who's accused of stabbing a pregnant Janet to death while their 6-month-old son was in a nearby room.

In all, four attorneys spoke. One of Abaroa's lawyers spent nearly an hour trying to convince jurors that the state failed to connect him to the killing. Mani Dexter said DNA from Janet and someone else was detected at the bloody scene, but it was not Raven's.

In her words, Raven was completely open with investigators and "spilled his guts" about his infidelity, financial problems, and tension in the marriage.

She said the state kept key evidence - a computer hard drive from Janet's work computer - stored in a police locker for eight years out of sight until the closing days of the trial.

Fellow defense attorney Amos Tyndall said emails recovered from the drive showed Raven was not the controlling husband that prosecutors were trying to paint.

The jury has gone home for the night and will return Friday morning to continue deliberations.

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