Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Preliminary Court Hearing Postponed

I assure thee, – and almost with tears I speak, – there is not one so young and so villanous this day living. – As You Like It

Update: New Hearing Date Fixed for Raghunandan Yandamuri


Media reports from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania say that the preliminary hearing of Raghunandan Yandamuri has been postponed.

The hearing was postponed at the request of Yandamuri’s public defender attorney Stephen Heckman.

Raghunandan Yandamuri Preliminary Hearing Postponed26-year-old Raghunandan Yandamuri

Yandamuri has been charged with the murder of fellow Telugus, Satyavathi Venna (61) and Saanvi Venna (10-months) and kidnapping of Saanvi Venna  among other charges .

Heckman asked the court for more time to prepare for the case since he was only appointed Friday by a panel of Montgomery County judges.

The new date for the preliminary hearing is not known.

Yandamuri’s hearing was earlier scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2012 in the court of Magisterial Judge James Gallagher.

Yandamuri’s hearing was set to be held in the Upper Merion Township building rather than the court room for security reasons.

Police might have reason to be concerned because Yandamuri’s alleged killings have provoked deep revulsion among the Telugu community to which he belongs.

The victims were also Telugus.

Yandamuri’s attorney Stephen G. Heckman, who was previously chief public defender of Montgomery County, PA, from January 2008 through April 2012, has a hard job ahead of him.

Heckman has an office on Morris Road in Blue Bell, PA.

For those of you not familiar with Raghunandan Yandamuri, we present below the Telugu bidda’s profile:

Raghunandan Yandamuri – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Despite the loss of his police constable father at a tender age, Telugu bidda Raghunanda Yandamuri’s life did not skid into a Dickensian hell of poverty.

Au contraire, it took on an entirely different trajectory.

Thanks to the heroic efforts of his mother Padmavathi who secured a job in the Vizag district police department as a clerk, the fatherless boy was able to secure a good education.

To his credit, the young boy was an earnest student who didn’t let his early misfortunes deter him.

In this post, we look at the young man’s past, present and future.

This post posits that the past has little bearing on one’s future actions.

Nothing, nothing in Raghunandan Yandamuri’s past would suggest the complete train-wreck his future would turn into.

Raghu’s Yesterday – 1986-2007

Name: Raghunandan Yandamuri

Short Name: Raghu

Date of Birth: February 21, 1986

Place of Birth: Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India

Mother Tongue: Telugu

Father: Late Surendranath, a police constable

Mother: Padmavathi, a clerk in the Vizag district police office

Brother: Satish Yandamuri

Height: 5-ft 9-inches

Weight: 160lbs

Schooling: Stella Maris High School, Vizag

College: Engineering at Chilakaluripet, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh

Personality Trait: Friendly, Helpful, Ambitious

Goals: To Reach American soil

Romance: Lengthy, 6-year-long courtship of Guntur girl Komali Alokam

Marriage: 2012

Wife: Komali Alokam (now pregnant)

Friends: Chandu Tummala, Karnati Rashivar

Food: Upma, Masala Dosa, Dum Biryani, Gutti Vankaya Curry, Gongura Chicken, Avakkay Pickle

Raghu’s Today 2007-October 26, 2012

Profession: Software Programmer

Achievement: Landed on American Soil on a Student Visa in pursuit of the American Dream

Plans – Make Tons of Money

Prospects – Good, thanks to the love of American Corporations for Indian Programmers

Life Philosophy: Money is Honey, My Dear Sonny and a Rich Man’s Joke is Always Funny – Ogden Nash

Personality Trait: Initially gung-ho, Morphed into a Cunning Dolt

Execution of Plans – Good with screwing credit card companies but bad on kidnap. Failed to Account for the Unexpected

Biggest Failure: Not being Aware of Law of Unintended Consequences

Previous Residences:

* King of Prussia, PA

* San Jose, CA

* Edwardsville, IL


* GSI Commerce
King of Prussia, PA

* Sarayu Consultants
Carpentersville, IL

Financial Situation: Horrible

Bankruptcy Applied for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in April 2012. Credit Card Debts of $26,268 Discharged in July 2012

Debts: Likely High

Vices: Gambling

Non-Violent Crimes: Ripped Off a bunch of Credit Companies

Violent Crimes:  Murder, Kidnap, Burglary (all alleged)

Preferred Weapon: Kitchen Knife with 4-inch Blade

Greatest Contribution: Provided Enormous Fodder to Bored Telugus in America to Endlessly Dissect his Motives and Spin Bizarre Conspiracy Theories in Online Forums

Raghu’s Tomorrow – October 27, 2012-Till Death

Current Residence: Montgomery County Prison in Eagleville, PA

Future Residence: An American Prison

Food: Three Cafeteria Meals with Spiceless Food, No Dum Biryani for the Rest of his Life

Major Plans: Avoiding Brutal Assaults from Other Prisoners

Prospects: Extremely Bleak; Death Penalty via Lethal Injection or Life Without Parole

Music Choices: Jailhouse Rock, Howls and Screams of Prisoners, Banging on Cell Walls

Personality Trait: Fatalistic, Introspective

Ending: Horizontal Exit in a Cardboard Box, Unsung, Unmourned

Related Content:
Essential Facts About Raghunandan Yandamuri
If He Had Any Brains At All, Raghunandan Yandamuri Would Have Killed Himself
Telugu Gambler Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Crime Gamble Failed Big Time

4 Responses to "Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Preliminary Court Hearing Postponed"

  1. svhyd   November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    SI, all jokes aside, why don’t you try to get in touch with Chandu Tummala or Karnati Rashivar to get any more info on the personality of Raghu? Responds:

    No can do, sweetie!

    But I offer this tidbit for you –

  2. gandhiji   November 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Did he graduate from Edwardsville? Responds:

    Not to my knowledge.

    The question – What was he doing there for 3-4 years?

  3. srini.srigha   November 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Sorry to read this story, anyway!

  4. kage_11   November 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

    So unlike SI. It feels very odd.

    Why take so much pains to blog about this murderer? I am sure you have a lot of better things to do, than live blogging (almost) about this guy and his trial? Is it the first time an Indian offender has been charged with murder in US? Responds:

    This is indeed the first time that a well educated/well employed Indian in the U.S. has launched such a gruesome attack against other Indians, including a 10-month-old child and a senior citizen.

    Not your typical mugging on a deserted street.

    The incident has transfixed the Indian community here into a state of shock.

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