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Apr 172014
 




Raghunandan Yandamuri's Trial PostponedRaghunandan Yandamuri Enacting His Crimes to the Police

Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri was dealt a severe blow in Montgomery County court today when Judge Steven T. O’Neill disallowed his motion for suppression of his video confession and written statement to the police  relating to the twin murders of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna.

Montgomery County Judge O’Neill ruled today that Yandamuri’s video confession and written statements to the police and his cellphone records could be shown to the jury.

Yandamuri was present at the Montgomery County court today.

Following the Judge’s ruling, Yandamuri’s lawyers said their client was “bitterly disappointed with the decision.”

With no plans on entering a guilty plea, Yandamuri continues to insist on his innocence and still wants to go to trial.

You can watch Yandamuri’s video confession of October 26, 2012 below:

Note to Readers: The English stuff in the below video does not start until 59 seconds have passed.

Major Setback

Although Yandamuri made a video confession of the killings (which he claims were accidental) in a calm and chilling manner on October 26, 2012 (four days after his two murders) and provided written statements to the police, the Telugu criminal subsequently changed his story and claimed the police coerced him into the confession and writing the statements.

In early January, Yandamuri’s lawyers filed a motion asking for the video confession and the written statement to be suppressed.

But the Judge was not swayed by arguments made by Yandamuri’s defense team.

Judge O’Neill’s ruling today is a serious setback to to Yandamuri’s bid to escape the death penalty because the video confession and written statement to the police are highly damning.

No one seeing the video confession will have any doubt about Yandamuri’s role in the killings or that he was not coerced by the police.

In the video confession, Yandamuri bizarrely enacts the killings and even acknowledges that the police had treated him well during their interrogation.

Pennsylvania prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Yandamuri.

Now that his video confession and written statement are being allowed to be shown to the jury in the upcoming trial, it’s highly unlikely Yandamuri will escape the death penalty unless Lord Balaji intervenes through a miracle.

Trial Postponed

Meanwhile, Yandamuri’s ‘s trial for the twin murders during a botched kidnapping bid of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna for ransom has been postponed to the second half of 2014, according to media reports. Continue reading »

Apr 172014
 

Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri Trial Likely to be DelayedTelugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri has arrived in the Montgomery County courthouse in Pennsylvania from the county jail in Eagleville to hear the Judge’s rulings on his motions.

Big Day

Today is a big day for Yandamuri, who’s charged with killing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in a botched kidnapping for ransom crime in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Yandamuri.

Yandamuri through his public defender lawyers has filed motions seeking suppression of his video confession to the killings (which he claims were accidental) and suppression of color pictures of the crime scene. Yandamuri claims the police coerced him into making the video confession.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill is scheduled to rule on Yandamuri’s motions shortly.

If Yandamuri succeeds in getting his video confession suppressed, it’ll be a big victory for him.

On Tuesday, Yandamuri’s lawyers also filed a motion seeking a delay in the trial start date.

Around 9:30AM, Yandamuri’s lawyers were huddled in a conference with Judge O’Neill.

The rulings should come soon.

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Apr 152014
 

Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri Trial Likely to be DelayedNotorious Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri dashed the hopes of millions of Telugus eagerly waiting for a scorching trial drama by seeking a delay in his death penalty trial that was scheduled to start on May 5, 2014.

Raghunandan Yandamuri, a software programmer from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, was arrested on October 26, 2012 in connection with the killings of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia (PA) apartment on October 22, 2012 in a botched kidnapping for ransom bid.

Pennsylvania prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Raghunandan Yandamuri considering the extremely heinous nature of the crimes.

Yandamuri’s trial is one of the most anticipated events among the Telugu diaspora in the U.S. and a hot topic of conversation wherever Telugus gather.

A delay in Yandamuri’s trial will be a mighty dampener for Telugus who were looking forward to the event with greater gusto and anticipation than for Allu Arjun’s new movie Race Gurram.

Reasons for Delay

Yandamuri’s attorneys filed a motion today in the court of Montgomery County judge Steven T.O’Neill seeking a delay in the trial date.

The Telugu bidda’s attorneys Stephen Heckman and Henry Hillis said in the motion they will not be able to get key character witnesses from India by May 5.

It’s hard to understand how someone can vouch for Yandamuri’s character given the Telugu bidda’s gambling habits, bankruptcy filing triggered by gambling and a chilling video confession in which the Andhra native enacted the killings although he claimed they were accidental.

“In January 2014, the first real trial date was set for May 2014, and in furtherance of trying to prepare for that date the defense sought to have testify various defendant family members including, but not limited to, defendant’s mother and brother,” Yandamuri’s attorneys wrote in the motion as per media reports.

Yandamuri – Other Motions

Yandamuri also has other motions pending before Judge O’Neill including one for  suppression of his video confession and another to prevent use of color pictures of the crime scene.

Judge O’Neill is set to rule on those motions Thursday.

Yandamuri’s attorneys said in today’s court filing they also need more time to respond to the judge’s upcoming rulings. Continue reading »

Mar 272014
 

Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri Doesn't Want Color Photos of VictimsAs his May 5, 2014 trial date nears, notorious Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri seems to be getting desperate.

Yandamuri’s lawyers filed a motion in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County (PA) today asking that prosecutors not be permitted to show color pictures of his crime scene and the bodies at the upcoming trial claiming they would adversely affect their client’s prospects before the jury.

Instead they want any pictures of the crime scene or the bodies to be shown only in black and white, according to media reports.

Yandamuri’s lawyers are also asking to see the crime photographs that prosecutors plan to use in the trial and the right to prohibit any photo they find objectionable. Only pictures they don’t object to should be shown during the trial, and that too only in black and white, the motion says.

Crime – Never Pretty

Raghunandan Yandamuri, a former software programmer and hardcore gambler, has been charged in the killings of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012 during a kidnapping bid of the baby that went awry.

Apparently there are several gory pictures of Yandamuri’s two victims and the crime scene with prosecutors. These pictures are said to graphically show the severity of injuries inflicted on the two Vennas.

Yandamuri initially admitted on video to killing Satyavathi Venna with a knife.

Obviously a lot of blood must have been shed in the commissioning of the crime and the pictures are bound to be gory.

No crime is pretty, and more so where a lot of blood is shed.

The baby died of suffocation after Yandamuri stuffed a cloth in her mouth and dumped her in an unused sauna room in the apartment complex.

Yandamuri claimed the killings were accidental at first but changed his account later giving a new twist to the crimes (he now blames others for the crimes).

Here’s an excerpt from the motion filed by Yandamuri’s lawyers in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County today:

The commonwealth is in possession of numerous inflammatory photographs and the inflammatory nature of these photographs is due to their presentation in color, instead of black and white.

Yandamuri’s motion also reads:

Additionally, these photographs deemed by the trial court to be potentially admissible should be reduced to black and white to avoid unnecessarily inflaming the passions of the jury.

Despite Pennsylvania case law allowing for computer animation, Yandamuri’s attorneys are opposing its use in opening, case-in-chief and closing arguments arguing it’d prejudice the minds of jurors.

Montgomery County prosecutors must respond to Yandamuri’s two motions before Judge Steven T. O’Neill issues his ruling on barring color photographs and computer animation at the trial. Continue reading »

Jan 312014
 

Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri Charged in Venna MurdersMontgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill did not rule today on Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri’s motion for suppression of his confession statement in the upcoming murder trial.

Raghunandan Yandamuri is charged in the killings of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Yandamuri given the heinous nature of the crimes.

Raghunandan Yandamuri confessed to the killings in a bizarre video interview in October 2012 but claimed the killings were accidental. Yandamuri now argues that the confession was obtained under dubious circumstances and should not be allowed in the trial.

Yandamuri’s Public Defender counsel Stephen Heckman told the court that Yandamuri’s confession statements were elicited through psychological coercion, intimidation and subterfuge, a point that’s been made on prior occasions too.

Montgomery County prosecutors disputed Yandamuri’s contention that his rights were violated in the obtaining of his confession statement. Continue reading »

Jan 132014
 

Raghunandan Yandamuri Trial Start Date - May 5, 2014Note to all Telugu biddas in America – Cancel or postpone everything you’ve scheduled for May 2014.

Now by everything, I mean everything – Trips to India, marriages, engagements, divorces, deaths, deliveries, mother-in-law’s visit to the U.S. for delivery-assistance, father-in-law’s hernia surgery,  H1B extension application, Green Card stamping etc.

Hey Tollywood producers – Make sure you don’t release any of your Mahesh Babu, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan Teja et al, monsterpieces in May 2014.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven T. O’Neill today set May 5, 2014 as the tentative trial date for the criminal case of notorious Telugu bidda and unsuccessful gambler Raghunandan Yandamuri, who is charged in the twin Venna murders that rocked Pennsylvania in October 2012.

May 5, 2014 – Folks, mark the red letter day in your calendars.

Season 2, the highlight of which is the Trial, is the real deal.

Think of Season 1 (police interrogation, arrest and pre-trial motions) as Chicken 65, the appetizer.

The Trial is the entree, the Dum Biryani you guys have been lusting for. ;)

Yandamuri’s family members are expected to visit Amreeka as witnesses for the trial. Continue reading »