After firing his court appointed public defender attorney a few months back, Raghunandan Yandamuri elected to fight his murder and kidnapping charges in court on his own despite not possessing a legal background and despite facing the death penalty.
Before his arrest on October 26, 2012, Yandamuri was a software programmer.
Yandamuri is on trial for the killings of baby Saanvi Venna and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012 in a botched kidnapping for ransom attempt.
Trial Delay Again?
On Monday, Yandamuri stood up in the Montgomery County courtroom of Judge Steven T. O’Neill and made some unusual requests during a pre-trial hearing.
In a move that could delay his trial further, Yandamuri wanted the court to “appoint a forensic pathologist and computer animation expert to reconstruct the crime scene,” according to media reports.
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Yandamuri explained to the court that he wanted to call them as defense witnesses during the upcoming trial.
The Telugu bidda is also asking for his DNA to be tested against three beer bottles that were supposedly found at the crime scene.
Although Yandamuri initially confessed to the killings (that he claimed were accidental) on October 26, 2012, he subsequently spun a bizarre yarn and blamed the murders on Matt and Josh. Yandamuri’s claims about the involvement of other people in the killings have not been found credible by Pennsylvania police.