Video evidence refutes Ramsaranís alibi

NORWICH ó Footage from numerous local businesses was played in front of the jury Wednesday, none of which support accused killer Ganesh Ramsaranís story of jogging by them on the morning of Dec. 11, 2012.

Norwich police officer Justin Carpenter, Karen Anderson (manager of Valero in Norwich), and Richard J. Pitts (Wellness Prevention District Manager of Rite Aid) each took the stand Wednesday to testify in relation to video footage obtained by the prosecution.

Ramsaran, who is facing a second degree murder charge, told police that the morning his wife went missing, he went for a run, and his destination was the Norwich Family YMCA. He told police the specific route he took ó from the Ramsaransí home on Sheff Road near Chenango Lake down State Route 23 into the City of Norwich. Based on what he told police, it was believed he would have arrived at the YMCA from the east.

Footage was presented, and there was no clear sign of Ramsaran on the videos.

McBride specifically was looking for the approximate time Ramsaran would have been running by each business.

Pitts left the stand and sat at the prosecutionís table to work the videos he had obtained from the Rite Aid cameras.

ďLet the record reflect the witness is using the prosectorís computer,Ē said Ramsaranís attorney Gilberto Garcia.

Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. said, ďSo noted.Ē

Garcia questioned Pitts as to why the time stamp on the video from Rite Aid was an hour off. McBride had requested Pitts to play footage from 12:35 p.m. through 12:45 p.m., but the videoís timestamp read 1:35 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Pitts said the time was off because of daylight savings time.

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