New Trial Ordered for Ganesh Ramsaran
A New York State Appeals Court is ordering a new trial for a New Berlin man convicted of killing his wife four years ago.
The mid-level Appellate Division determined 41-year-old Ganesh Ramsaran received "ineffective assistance" from his defense lawyer during his trial for the slaying of 36-year-old Jennifer Ramsaran.
The case will be sent back to Chenango County Court for a new trial.
Ramsaran, a former IBM program manager, was convicted of second-degree murder in September 2014.
His wife, the mother of their three children, disappeared in December 2012. Her frozen body was found three months later in a field near Pharsalia.
The woman was reported missing by her husband December 11 when she did not return home from a shopping trip to Syracuse.
Her vehicle and cell phone were found several days later.
Investigators said while the body was badly decomposed, they determined Jennifer Ramsaran had suffered traumatic head and other injuries.
Prosecutors said Ramsaran was having an affair with another woman when he killed his wife.
In ordering the new trial, the court accepted the argument that Ramsaran had not been properly represented during his trial and some questionable testimony that the defense should had issued and objection to had been allowed to be considered by the jury.