Abaroa rejects plea deal, will face new trial in wife’s death

jporter@newsobserver.comJune 6, 2013 

— Raven Abaroa will return to court Jan. 13, 2014, to stand trial a second time in the death of his wife. Janet, in the couple’s home eight years ago.

A retrial date was set Thursday morning after Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson declared a mistrial last week. Jurors remained deadlocked 11-1 in favor of a guilty verdict Friday, despite two admonitions from the judge to reach unanimity.

The prosecution offered Abaroa, 33, a plea deal which he rejected. Under the plea, he would have served 19 years and 9 months to 24 years and 6 months in prison.

Abaroa, who is charged with first-degree murder, says he found his wife dead upstairs when he returned home from a soccer game in Orange County. If convicted he would face life in prison.

The prosecution also requested that Hudson again preside over the trial.

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