Woman 'Lucky' to Get Away from Husband Accused of Murdering 1st Wife


After the Durham, N.C., Police Department assigned a new detective to Janet Abaroa's murder, the detective began accumulating evidence against Raven Abaroa.

"Raven never kept the lies straight," Durham Police detective Charles Sole told ABC News' "20/20." "His statements to law enforcement, initially, they were contradictory."

Raven Abaroa was charged in his wife's murder and extradited back to North Carolina. Pond was a witness for the prosecution in Raven Abaroa's trial for his wife's murder, which began in April of last year. She detailed how she saw Raven Abaroa become violent on the soccer field and how his aggression turned on her.

"When he sees weakness, he just comes at you harder and harder," Pond said in court. "He told me how much he hated me and how much it didn't matter if I died."

The judge declared a mistrial in late May, when jurors were unable to reach a verdict. Before the new trial was supposed to start this week, Raven Abaroa accepted his plea deal and could be out of jail before his 40th birthday.

Pond had advice for other women who might meet Raven Abaroa when he is released from jail.

"Please listen to what's out there, what's available on the Internet," Pond said. "Please don't be drawn in, and please get away ... as fast as you can."

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