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(Kevin Steele is the prosecutor in the Yandamuri kidnap-murder case.  Photo by David Madden)

Gambling Drove Montco Man To Robbery, Kidnap, Then Murder, Prosecutor Hints

“There was identification that was used that indicated that he was at the casino at least thirty times in the months preceding the murder,” prosecutor Kevin Steele notes.

09/26/2014

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Accused Murderer Opens Rambling Defense in Montgomery County Court

Rahgu Yandamuri is accused of murdering a 61-year-old woman and her ten-month-old granddaughter nearly two years ago during a botched robbery-kidnapping in King of Prussia.

09/25/2014

(Raghunandan Yandamuri, in custody at the Montgomery County Courthouse, as his murder trial begins.  Photo by Brad Segall)

Trial Set To Begin in 2012 Murder of Infant and Grandmother in Montco

It took nearly seven days and a pool of more than 180 potential jurors, but the defense and prosecution have finished picking a jury to hear the case against Raghu Yandamuri.

09/24/2014

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Trial In 2012 Slaying Of Baby, Grandmother In Montco Set To Begin This Week

Jury selection is scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Philadelphia man accused of having killed a baby and her grandmother in a botched kidnapping plot.

09/16/2014

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Start Of Trial Delayed For Montco Man Accused Of Murdering Toddler And Her Grandmother

Raghu Yandamuri, the defendant, asked for the continuance, telling the judge he needs more time to meet with his forensic pathologist, a DNA expert, and his investigator.

08/26/2014

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Montco Man Accused of Murdering Toddler and Her Grandmother Fires Attorney

Raghu Yandamuri is facing the death penalty if he’s convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of little Saanvi Venna and her grandmother, but he still asked a judge to allow him to discharge his trial lawyer.

05/16/2014

Suspect Raghunandan Yandamuri (credit: Upper Merion Police Department)

Court Defeat For Man Accused Of Killing Little Girl, Grandmother During Botched KOP Kidnapping

A Montgomery County judge has delivered a crucial defeat to a man accused of murdering a ten-month-old girl and her grandmother during what prosecutors say was a botched kidnapping in King of Prussia.

04/17/2014

(Raghunandan Yandamuri.  Photo from Upper Merion PD)

Defense Wants To Suppress Video Confession in Montco Infant’s Murder

During Raghu Yandamuri’s preliminary hearing, defense attorney Steve Heckman labeled a videotaped confession by his client “damaging.” Heckman is now arguing to have that video kept away from a jury should the case go to trial.

12/30/2013

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Montco Apartment Complex Where Infant & Grandmother Killed Is Sued

The lawsuit names the owners of the Marquis Apartment Complex in Upper Merion, the property management company, its security firm, and the man accused of killing ten-month-old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother.

11/26/2013

(Raghunandan Yandamuri.  Photo from Upper Merion PD)

Montco Man Charged With Murdering Infant and Grandmother Wants To Defend Himself

Raghu Yandamuri has sent a number of communications to his attorneys, the judge, and even the district attorney’s office. But the judge says the two motions filed earlier this week are the most serious.

10/29/2013

(Raghunandan Yandamuri.  Photo from Upper Merion PD)

Defense Team Gets More Prep Time For Montco Kidnap-Double Murder Case

A Montgomery County judge has delayed the start of a trial for a King of Prussia, Pa. man accused of murdering an infant and her grandmother in their Upper Merion apartment last year in what prosecutors say was a planned kidnapping gone wrong.

08/27/2013

(Raghunandan Yandamuri.  Photo from Upper Merion PD)

King Of Prussia Man Pleads Not Guilty To Kidnap, Murder

One by one, prosecutors read the charges against Raghu Yandamuri during his formal arraignment. And one by one, his attorney answered, “Not guilty.”

03/15/2013

Venna Saanvi missing

2012 Year In Review: King Of Prussia Double Murder

The search for a missing infant from a King of Prussia apartment in late October captivated the Philadelphia region, but hope turned to sadness when the baby’s body was found several days later.

12/29/2012

(Raghunandan Yandamuri.  Photo from Upper Merion PD)

Trial Ordered in Montco Kidnap-Double Murder Case

In a 20-minute videotaped confession to police, Raghu Yandamuri says he planned to kidnap Saanvi Venna to get money from her parents.

11/28/2012

Suspect Raghunandan Yandamuri (credit: Upper Merion Police Department)

Upper Merion Man Accused Of Murdering Infant Scheduled To Appear In Court Today

The Upper Merion man accused of murdering a 10-month old girl and her grandmother in a failed abduction attempt last month is scheduled for a court appearance in Montgomery County this morning.

11/28/2012

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