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Like a wild elephant that tramples everything in its path, notorious Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri went on a verbal rampage Sunday, with a blistering attack on his public defender lawyer, the Indian consulate, the Pennsylvania police and his fellow inmates in the county jail.
The 27-year-old Telugu, who is battling charges of theft, kidnapping and murder of fellow Telugus, says he has fired his state appointed lawyer and intends to represent himself going forward.
In a 59-minute interview with a Telugu news channel on Sunday, October 20, Raghunandan Yandamuri said he fired his attorney because he was not satisfied with the representation from the public defender.
Yandamuri’s state appointed attorney is Stephen G. Heckman.
Raghu faulted his lawyer for being “pessimistic” and focusing only on trying to save him from the death penalty and not paying attention to his claims of involvement of other people in the crime.
Stating that he was willing to accept the death penalty, Raghu Yandamuri vowed to fight for the truth and expose the involvement of other people in the crime.
In the interview, Raghu repeatedly gave the impression of a lone ranger desperately fighting for the truth and painted the authorities in dark hues.
Telugu in Jail
Since his arrest on October 26, 2012, Raghu Yandamuri has been lodged in Montgomery County jail awaiting trial on charges of theft, kidnapping and killing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and killing her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012.
The 27-year-old former software programmer is a native of Andhra Pradesh, the South Indian state with an insane appetite for Dum Biryani, a weird addiction to asinine Tollywood movies and a ferocious zeal to export any young man who can spell “software” to America.
Police Under Attack
Raghu claimed his confession last year was coerced by the police and seemed unhappy that it had been leaked to the public.
According to Raghu, the confession was made only to save his wife and meet her. He went on to argue that his confession was not legally valid.
In a famous video confession, Raghu Yandamuri enacted his participation in the crimes but claimed the killings were accidental.
He also blamed the police for not following up on his leads to the involvement of other people in the crimes.
Raghu Yandamuri claimed there was forensic and DNA evidence pointing to the involvement of other people also and obliquely blamed the police for not investigating them. He also charged the police with manipulating his statements to his great disadvantage.
Raghu complained of difficulty in understanding the accent of the police and their struggle to comprehend him.
To be frank, even I have difficulty understanding Telugus when they launch into their version of English. So I can hardly fault the Pennsylvania police for having a difficult time grasping Raghu’s accent.
Further, in the Telugu weltanschauung English is a very low priority and comes after Dum Biryani, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, software programming, Anushka Shetty, SAP, Allu Arjun, Brahmanandam, Green Card, Ram Charan Teja, Facebook posts, H1B visa extension and Pawan Kalyan.
Blasts Indian Consulate
The Indian consulate too came under severe attack from Raghu for not heeding his pleas for help.
Raghunandan Yandamuri said he had written several letters to the Indian consulate but encountered only silence.
The Telugu lad mentioned that he wanted an investigator to look into his leads and is seeking the help of Indian consular officials in this regard as well as for a translator to help with the accent problems.
Like a Tollywood Story
In the interview, Raghunandan Yandamuri wove a fantastic tale that seems like one of those wild, implausible Tollywood fancies such as Nenu Naa Rakshasi or Atharintiki Daaredi.
Since life is sometimes stranger than fiction, it’s hard to say how much of Raghu Yandamuri’s tale is honest fact and how much the sick fantasy of a diabolical mind.
Contradicting his famous video confession last year, the Telugu bidda basically argued yesterday that he did not kill either Satyavathi Venna or the baby.
In the 59-minute long interview, Raghu said other people were involved in the crime and blamed the police and authorities for not properly investigating their roles and targeting only him.
Raghu threw a bombshell when he claimed to be a victim of robbery by two people on October 22, 2012, one of whom, he said, had been involved in a car accident with him outside his Marquis apartment complex on September 19, 2012.
According to Raghu, the first robber accidentally killed the grandmother while the second ran with the child to a waiting car. His only mistake, he said, was taking the robbers to the Venna apartment.
But the Pennsylvania police do not give much credence to Raghu’s robbery claims since it did not come up in their interrogation of his wife.
Raghu acknowledged writing the ransom note but attributed it to the threats by the robbers to kill his pregnant wife. He said the robbers took his handwritten ransom note and brought printed ransom notes later and dropped it in the Venna home.
When the issue of his DNA being found on grandmother Satyavathi Venna’s nails was brought up, Raghu claimed the criminals forced him at gunpoint to remove the jewels from her body.
He mentioned the names “Matt” and “Josh” in the context of the September 19th car accident and said one of them was involved in the Venna killings.
In a bizarre statement, Raghu said the criminals had confused baby Saanvi Venna to be his daughter but did not explain the significance of the baby in the big picture.
Dismissing his gambling habit as a past mistake, Raghu claimed he had no debts and there was no motive for him to commit the crime.
No Fatherhood for Raghu
At least one thing was clear from the lengthy interview – Raghu Yandamuri will never be a father in his life.
No kid will ever address Raghunandan Yandamuri as Nanna (father).
Raghu disclosed that his wife, who was pregnant at the time of the crimes, had suffered an abortion and lost the baby.
The young man said he felt miserable over the loss.
Raghunandan Yandamuri’s wife returned to Andhra Pradesh, India, last year.
Feel Raghu’s Pain?
If you’re itching to feel sorry for Raghunandan Yandamuri, here are a few reasons – Fellow inmates are assaulting him, abusing him and snatching his food.
The fellow was put on suicide watch and only after a two-week hunger strike was he allowed to write letters.
It appears the Telugu bidda is also going through stress and pain and has lost over 50-pounds.
Raghu Yandamuri has repeatedly denied killing baby Saanvi Venna or her grandmother Satyavathi Venna.
If Yandamuri is found guilty, he faces the death penalty because of the horrific nature of the crimes. On Friday, he filed new motions that should come up soon before the judge.
Even as he vehemently denied killing the baby or the grandmother, Raghu apologized to Shiva and Lata Venna yesterday.
I am sorry for the family….I want to fall at their feet and cry from the bottom of my heart, talk to them and then die!
Even if, by some miracle, Raghunandan Yandamuri escapes the death penalty, it is highly unlikely he will ever leave the prison walls, except horizontally in a wooden box.