Even under intense cross-examination from prosecutor Samantha Cauffman, Yandamuri stuck to his story that while he may have been at the crime scene, the murders were committed by two other men.
Several jurors in the trial of an Upper Merion man accused of murdering a ten-month-old girl and her grandmother were visibly shaken today when prosecutors showed one of their many crime scene photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One by one, prosecutors read the charges against Raghu Yandamuri during his formal arraignment. And one by one, his attorney answered, “Not guilty.”
In a 20-minute videotaped confession to police, Raghu Yandamuri says he planned to kidnap Saanvi Venna to get money from her parents.