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NC murder suspect’s defense asks for case to be dismissed

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Raven Abaroa enters the courtroom. (WTVD Photo)

DURHAM, N.C. — The defense of a man accused of stabbing his pregnant wife to death asked for the murder case against him to be dismissed Monday based on recently discovered computer evidence.

WTVD reported that 33-year-old Raven Abaroa is accused of fatally stabbing his pregnant wife Janet to death in their home on Ferrand Drive back in 2005.

Prosecutors made the surprise announcement last Thursday that Janet Abaroa’s work computer hard drive and a phone described as a Palm Pilot belonging to her husband had been located in a locked cabinet with other sealed items at the Durham Police Department.

Abaora’s legal team gave the computer evidence to a forensic analyst over the weekend to be examined. Attorney Amos Tyndall said the analyst found dozens of emails that previously hadn’t been seen.

Tyndall said they included messages between Janet and a former boyfriend – some of which were flirty and sexual in nature.

Tyndall said it was unfair to get the emails at the end of the prosecution’s case because he didn’t have the information to use when cross examining state witnesses.

“Getting this hard drive at the end of the case has essentially turned this case on its head,” said Tyndall – pointing out detectives and prosecutors had the evidence for eight years, but he was just learning about it.

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