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

Start Of Jury Deliberations Expected Today In Yandamuri Double Murder Trial

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.

10/08/2014

(Photo from Upper Merion PD)

Graphic Crime Scene Photos in Yandamuri Trial Cause Stir, Then Recess

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.

10/02/2014

(Photo from Upper Merion PD)

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

(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

(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

(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

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