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Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 06:28 PM EDT

Mother of Rochester woman remains jail in Panama slaying

Crime & Punishment By Larissa Theodore, Times Staff - A Butler County woman charged in the brutal slaying of a Pittsburgh native in Panama remains in jail on the charges, even though someone else has confessed to the killing. Debra Ann Ridgley, 58, of Jackson Township, who has a daughter in Rochester, has been held for two years as a suspect in the killing of Toni Grossi Abrams, a Staten Island, N.Y., businesswoman, and native of the Carrick neighborhood. Abrams’ charred and dismembered body was found April 10, 2007, stuffed in an abandoned suitcase on a soccer field in Panama City. Ridgley’s attorney recently filed a motion asking that the charges be dropped and his client be released, based on the confession earlier this year of a Colombian man, Didier Osario. It was unclear when or how the courts will rule on the motion. But Stacy Rader of Rochester has always maintained her mother’s innocence. “We don’t know why she’s being held in prison for something she didn’t do, and nobody will help us,” Rader said. Rader said her mother did not know Abrams until she arranged to rent an apartment from Abrams for two months. Ridgley traveled to Panama with her then 85-year-old father and 19-year-old granddaughter, Courtney Rader. Stacy Rader is Courtney Rader’s mother. Shortly after arriving in Panama, Courtney Rader met then 24-year-old Osario, and brought him back to meet Ridgley, who in turn befriended Osario, who had little money. Ridgley helped him by paying him to do housework and taking him on errands, such as to the dentist and immigration services, Rader said. Ridgley’s father and granddaughter returned to the United States prior to the incident. Rader said Osario was arrested in Colombia and confessed to killing Abrams, who lived in the apartment below. Rader said her family has been in contact with everyone imaginable, from senators and representatives to U.S. Embassy officials, all to no avail. Rader said if there is someone out there who can help, she welcomes them to get in touch with her. “The whole thing has been bizarre, just like a nightmare,” Rader said.
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Mother of Rochester woman remains jail in Panama slaying
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, August 05 2009 @ 10:11 PM EDT

Bueno, es perfectamente obvio por qué los carceleros panameños no la dejan irse, eche un vistazo a ese estante!