Ramsaran dismisses both his attorneys; owes them $72K in legal fees

By Matt Porter

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Accused murderer Ganesh 'Remy' Ramsaran appeared in court after both his attorneys request to be dismissed.

Ramsaran is accused of killing his wife Jennifer Ramsaran, 36, on or around Dec. 11, 2012 at their home of 449 Sheff Road in New Berlin.

Ramsaran, 38, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in May 2013.

Ramsaran was escorted into the Chenango County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Monday by armed Chenango County correctional officers with two other prisoners.

Ramsaran looked down for most of the time, clenching his fists on the table as he stood before Judge Frank Revoir, Jr.

Ramsaran attended a hearing to complete a motion requested by his attorneys, James Chamberlain and F. Stanton Ackerman, to be relieved as his defense attorneys.

In an affidavit submitted to the court by Ackerman, he described a problem with finances involving Sam Ramsaran, Remy Ramsaran's father.

Sam Ramsaran informed the defense on Jan. 26, according to the affidavit, that his loan for attorney and expert fees was having trouble and may not come though.

Ackerman said in the court document the relationship between the defense and Ramsaran became undone after the money became an issue.

The document shows Ramsaran owes at least $72,000 dollars for attorney and expert fees.

In giving testimony, Ramsaran appeared upset at his lawyers and the district attorney.

Ramsaran said he hadn't seen Ackerman since October.

"I would like to see him gone," Ramsaran said.

According to Ramsaran, Ackerman said he had been delayed by illness.

Ackerman did not attend, but Ramsaran's other attorney Chamberlain said he would accept a stay on the motion for 30 days to give Ramsaran time to transition to another attorney.

In the affidavit, Ramsaran reportedly brought in a new attorney from Hackensack, New Jersey to work on the case.

Ackerman said he did not approve or know about a new attorney being being brought in, and said in the affidavit the decision was 'the last straw.'

The defense filed for the request to be dismissed after the fact.

Chamberlain said the only problem with a smooth transition is the matter of unpaid bills for experts hired to help with the case. Chamberlain said the experts may not want to continue any work unless those bills have been settled.

Ramsaran also criticized the prosecution's handling of the case and their reports to the media.

He said the district attorney has repeatedly told the media they are ready to move forward, but Ramsaran said he hasn't seen all of what the prosecution has attained through discovery.

"It's an absolutes travesty the Chenango DA can say such things to media," Ramsaran said.

A visibly upset Ramsaran was immediately quieted by his attorney Chamberlain who stood and whispered in his ear.

Ramsaran sat down immediately after.

Assistant district attorney Stephen Dunshee said he took offense at Ramsaran's remark. He said there has been an extensive amount of paperwork provided to Ramsaran regarding discovery.

Ramsaran later in the hearing said he still hasn't received a pathology report after five months.

The hearing ended with Ramsaran and the district attorney accepting the motion to dismiss both attorneys.

Ramsaran said paperwork will be filed for his new attorney in the next 24 hours.

Supporters of Jennifer Ramsaran's family were present in the courtroom.

Stacy Glanville, of the Town of New Berlin, said she had hoped more would be discussed about an upcoming trial.

"I just wish Jenn's parents and children to be able to have some sort of avenue to move forward," Glanville said. "They're just stuck here now waiting."

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