Before the Robert Vanaman trial beings next week, attorneys on both sides gathered together one final time.
Vanaman, 40, a former Millville, NJ police officer is charged with his former wife Barbara's murder, criminal restraint, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, tampering with evidence, hindering prosecution and obstructing the administration of law enforcement.
This case has taken a long time. I am concerned about this case in particular. This is a small town. The defendant Robert Vanaman is a respected member of the community. Vanaman comes from a law enforcement family. According to sources Barbara Vanaman was afraid of her husband. As most women married to an abuser are who happens to be a police officer. rarely are reports made after a dispute. Often as in this case, supervisors may have been called to the Wedgewood Court home, but, refused to make a report against their supervising Sargent. And of course records have vanished.
Did she have training to properly defend herself? Answer: No
Did she go after Robert in the kitchen that afternoon? Answer: No
Did she try to leave her abusive relationship? Answer: Yes
Is Barbara Vanaman on trial? Answer: Yes