Convicted wife-killer wants case overturned

Attorneys for a South New Berlin man serving a 25-year sentence for the 2012 murder of his wife argued last week in Chenango County Court that his conviction should be thrown out. Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran, now 44, is in custody at Great Meadows Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Washington County. He exhausted his ability to directly appeal his case two years ago, according to Michael Ferrarese, acting Chenango County District Attorney. Ramsaran’s lawyers, Melissa K. Swartz of Greene & Brenneck and J. David Hammond of CDH Law, both in Syracuse, filed a motion in February to set aside his 2014 conviction on the basis that Ramsaran received “ineffective assistance of counsel.” Read Full Article

Ramsaran Lawyer Googled Homicide Defense Advice Instead Of Hiring Experts At Trial Court Hears

NORWICH – Convicted murderer Ganesh R. Ramsaran appeared in Chenango County Court Friday with his lawyers urging the judge to grant them a hearing to discuss the work of defense counsel during the 2014 murder trial. They hope the case can get a new trial. Ramsaran was convicted of murdering his wife and was sentenced to 25 years to life after a jury convicted him on Sept. 23, 2014. Monday the defense asked for the court to hear concerns about the trial and attorneys pointed to several issues in the case they thought deserved further explanation in court. They offered a scathing assessment of Ramsaran’s trial attorney, Gil Garcia, calling his defense incompetent and possibly exploitative. Read Full Article

Watertown man found not guilty of rape; counsels react

WATERTOWN — A judge deliberated for less than 30 minutes Friday before he issued a not guilty verdict for a man accused of raping a girl younger than 8 years old. Sheldon B. Dukes, who was charged with felony first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and predatory sexual assault against a child, walked out of the courtroom in tears Friday afternoon. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz, who presided over Mr. Dukes’s two-day bench trial in Jefferson County Court, ruled the prosecution did not meet its burden of proof. The not guilty verdict this week comes after a jury couldn’t decide if Dukes was innocent or guilty at a trial in March. Read Full Article

Jury can’t reach verdict in child sex abuse trial

WATERTOWN — A jury could not reach a verdict Friday in Jefferson County Court on a case involving a Watertown man accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl. Prosecution against Sheldon B. Dukes, who was charged with felony first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and predatory sexual assault against a child, will continue despite the jury not reaching a conclusion after a day of deliberations. Chief Assistant District Attorney Patricia L. Dziuba said the case will have to be retried and a new jury selected. Mr. Dukes has been accused of engaging in sexual activities with a girl who was less than 10 years old from June 2011 to July 2013. Read Full Article

Man admits lying to police in probe of girl’s rape, murder

Town of Norwich resident James Brower pleaded guilty Friday to the first-degree felony charge of hindering prosecution in the July 30, 2017, death of 11-year-old Morris resident Jacelyn O’Connor, according to Chenango County court officials. “I appreciate the patience of the court and the professionalism of the district attorney’s office,” Clifton Carden, Brower’s defense attorney, told The Daily Star on Monday. “We support Mr. Brower’s decision, even though the timing went against our recommendations.” The case wasn’t scheduled to go to trial until June, according to court officials. Read Full Article