Editor’s Note: Ganesh Ramsaran did agree Thursday morning to testify in court despite refusal to take the stand in his own defense Wednesday. Details of Ramsaran’s testimony will be Friday’s edition of The Evening Sun.
NORWICH — Against the advice of his defense counsel, alleged murderer Ganesh R. Ramsaran did not take the stand in his own defense Wednesday in Chenango County Court.
The prosecution rested its case in the morning following the direct and cross-examination of lead investigator in the case, Lieutenant Richard Cobb.
During cross-examination by Ramsaran’s defense attorney Gilberto Garcia, Cobb said there were six reasons law enforcement arrested the defendant for the murder of Jennifer Ramsaran:
• Cobb said the defendant told police he was working on his computer the morning Jennifer disappeared, Dec. 11, 2012. “That was not the case,” said Cobb.
• The witness told the jury Ramsaran gave police the route he said he took when he ran to the Norwich Family YMCA the morning of her disappearance. Cobb said video evidence was obtained, but Ramsaran could not be seen on various business videos.
• The follow-up of the phone data on the victim’s phone led law enforcement to notice an unopened message in a messaging app that was sent at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2012. “It indicated that Jennifer was probably not able to open that message,” said Cobb.
• There was a screenshot found on Jennifer’s phone that was taken at 8:27 a.m. of the lock screen of her iPhone, which suggested it was the last actual physical usage of the phone.
• Cobb told Garcia the affair between Ramsaran and Jennifer’s best friend Eileen Sayles was not initially disclosed to law enforcement.
• The investigator said the evidence showing Jennifer’s blood in the van, and on the sweatshirt was another main reason.
Forensic scientist Daniel Myers testified on Monday that the blood on the sweatshirt was from more than one contributor, and primarily contained the DNA of the defendant, but that Jennifer Ramsaran could not be excluded as another contributor. Myers said it was not an exact match to Jennifer’s DNA.
Garcia asked Cobb if he had spoken to other witnesses in the case throughout the proceedings. “I can’t say I haven’t spoken to a couple witnesses, but not daily,” said Cobb.