NORWICH — Ganesh R. Ramsaran was depicted as crass at family gatherings and disrespectful toward his wife Jennifer Ramsaran, in testimony Friday at the Chenango County Courthouse.
The fifth day of the murder trial of Ramsaran continued where the prosecution called Ramsaran’s best friend, former New Berlin Police Chief, and two members of the victim’s family to testify against the man accused of killing his wife, Jennifer Ramsaran.
• Jason Wicks of Alabama took the stand first, and said he and the defendant have been best friends since 1996. Wicks said while the Ramsarans were living in Arizona, they visited each other multiple days per week. “His (Ramsaran’s) relationship with Jen was great.”
Wicks then said once the Ramsarans moved to New York, the friends kept in contact frequently.
District Attorney Joseph McBride asked Wicks if there was a point he noticed a change in the defendant’s life.
“He met Eileen (Sayles),” Wicks said. “He had known her before, but he started having a relationship with her. He cared for Eileen. He had been kind of depressed before. He was happier; there was a pep in his step.”
Wicks also said, “He (Ramsaran) didn’t talk any different about Jen. He never talked bad about her.”
Wicks recalled Ramsaran talking of divorce with Jennifer. According to his testimony, he told Ramsaran it was important to keep the affair a secret and that if Jen knew, it would make Genesh the guilty party in the divorce.
Ramsaran spent 10-12 days in Boston with Wicks near Halloween of 2012. During the visit, Wicks said, “He loved Eileen. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. He said she was his soul mate.” Wicks also said Ramsaran bragged of nude photos Sayles would send him and that she was willing to do anything he wanted her to do sexually.
During a phone conversation between Ramsaran and Sayles, Wicks testified that Ramsaran sounded upbeat and happy whereas conversations with Jennifer weres colder and more distant.
“He was monotone. No feeling. I knew he didn’t love her anymore,” Wicks said.
According to Wicks, Ramsaran bought Sayles clothes, dresses, and a collar for her dogs, but also bought items for his wife and children.
In the middle of his testimony, Wicks broke into tears and said, “He’s just always been a good friend to me.”
Wicks then discussed what he knew about the split between Ramsaran and Sayles. Sayles went back with her husband, and he said Ramsaran was upset, angry and hurt. Wicks said he spoke with Ramsaran on the phone the night before Jennifer’s disappearance, when Ramsaran disclosed that his relationship with Sayles started again.
Wicks said he received a call from Ramsaran the night Jennifer went missing, but didn’t mention it until approximately five minutes into the conversation. “I thought it was because he was stressed, but it did seem weird,” he added. “I got tickets to fly up ... He called and was upset and didn’t want me coming up. He said he was trying to maintain a sense of normalcy for the kids. He said law enforcement didn’t want (Ramsaran) to do a search.”
Defense Attorny Gilberto Garcia asked Wicks during cross examination how Ramsaran seemed the night before Jennifer went missing.
“Nothing stuck out as being abnormal,” Wicks said.