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Move to suppress evidence in Abaroa murder case

Friday, April 19, 2013

Defense attorneys for Raven Abaroa continued their fight Friday to suppress some evidence in his murder trial - which is set to start next week.

Abaroa is charged in the April 2005 stabbing death of his pregnant wife Janet. He allegedly told police he found his wife in their home on Ferrand Drive in Durham after returning from a soccer game.

Earlier this month, a judge ruled prosecutors can use computer evidence against Abarao that they got from Janet's sister. Friday, attorneys sought to suppress evidence seized from Abaroa's home in Idaho. That's where he moved after his wife's death.

The defense continued to focus on computer data, specifically electronic storage devices that the defense says police failed to seize during their initial search in Durham.

Defense attorneys contend, months later, police searched the Idaho home under false pretenses.

The judge did not immediately rule on the defense motion. Both sides will be back in court on Monday to hash that out.

Jury selection is expected to start on Tuesday, lasting at least three days for a murder trial that could take at least three weeks.

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