Focus turns to contact lenses in Abaroa murder trial

jporter@newsobserver.comMay 16, 2013 

— Janet Abaroa was buried in her contact lenses, a crime scene investigator who witnessed the 2010 exhumation of her body and an ophthalmologist who examined her remains testified in the Raven Abaroa murder trial Thursday.

Several of Janet Abaroa’s close friends and family members have testified that she always took out her contact lenses before she went to sleep.

Her sister Erica Bakey, who often spent nights with Janet in high school and college, said Janet’s bedtime routine was unchanged the last time Bakey saw her alive at their parents’ house over Thanksgiving 2004.

“She was meticulous,” Bakey said. “Before going to bed she always took her contacts out, brushed her teeth and washed her face. She always locked doors.”

Janet Abaroa’s husband, Raven Abaroa, is on trial for her stabbing death. He says he found her body in upstairs room in their Ferrand Drive home upon returning from a soccer game in Orange County.

Abaroa told police officers responding to the crime scene April 26, 2005, that Janet was “in bed, watching ‘General Hospital’” when he left for the soccer game that evening.

Prosecutors found a hard drive from Janet Abaroa’s work computer and a Palm Pilot from Raven Abaroa’s vehicle in a locked storage cabinet at the Durham Police Department this week.

Court is in recess until Monday morning while both sides analyze this new evidence.

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