Upper Merion Pa.
An Upper Merion Township man is accused of attacking and holding a woman against her will inside his home.
Prosecutors contend that Raghu Yandamuri, 28, tried to kidnap ten-month-old Saanvi Venna and hold her for ransom to pay off his gambling debts.
“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.
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.
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.
The conviction means that Joseph McAndrew Jr. will likely never be a free man again, although where he serves that sentence is still to be determined.
Tourism officials in Montgomery County are hosting about a dozen meeting planners from across the country hoping to convince them to bring their next convention to the area.
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.
Police say it started shortly after 9:30pm last Wednesday as a minor accident in the area of Mall Boulevard, when a vehicle stopped at a red light was rear-ended by a pickup truck.
The current three-tier system — brewer to distributor to retailer — has been in place since Prohibition.
There are eight construction projects currently going on along DeKalb Pike — everything from food to retail.
Joseph McAndrew’s court-appointed guardian says his client should be able to use his mother’s estate, valued at $1 million, to pay for private counsel and expert psychiatrists in his defense.
State representative Mike Vereb calls the planned release later this month of Rafael Robb “unconscionable,” “a travesty,” and “mockery of justice.”
Upper Merion police chief Tom Nolan suggested greater police visibility — not only as an extra measure of comfort but as a deterrent.