The Montgomery County, PA court system will conduct Raghunandan Yandamuri’s formal arraignment process on January 16, 2013 via video conferencing to save money.
Raghunandan Yandamuri, who hails from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, has been arrested and charged with the murders of his neighbors Satyavathi Venna (61) and her 10-month-old granddaughter Saanvi Venna.
Raghu Yandamuri’s arraignment via video conferencing means that people will not have the opportunity to see this Telugu bidda in flesh and blood until his sentencing.
Raghunandan Yandamuri’s twin murders has attracted considerable attention both within the Telugu community to which he belongs and the larger Indian community in the U.S.
Raghu’s arraignment is scheduled to take place at 9:30AM on January 16 in Video Room #2 of the Montgomery County court system in Bridgeport, PA.
Options at Video Arraignment
During the video arraignment, the charges will be formally read out to Raghunandan Yandamuri.
Raghu will then be asked how he intends to plead – Guilty, Not-Guilty or No Contest.
If Raghu pleads Not Guilty, he will drag this nightmare into a months-long trial.
If Raghunandan Yandamuri pleads Guilty or No Contest, the stage will then be set for the sentencing phase of the case.
Raghunandan Yandamuri could face the death penalty if he pleads guilty or is found guilty in a trial. Raghu will then have the dubious honor of being the first Indian to be sentenced to death in America.
Raghunandan Yandamuri is an Indian software programmer on a H1B visa.
Since this is a capital offense (a case eligible for death penalty), Raghu Yandamuri (26) has been denied bail and is currently cooling his heels in the Montgomery County prison.
Magisterial District Court judge James P.Gallagher allowed the case to proceed to trial during the Preliminary Hearing on November 28, 2012 on all 13 charges.
Video Conferencing in Montgomery County Courts
The Montgomery County court system has deployed video conferencing to reduce costs associated with transporting prisoners from the jail/prison to the court house and for security reasons.
In 2011, the Montgomery County court system conducted 1,858 video hearings between the jail and the courts.
The county court uses the video conferencing technology for arraignments, probation violation hearings and bench warrant revocations.
Time-Line of Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Case
* October 22, 2012 – Murder of Satyavathi Venna (61) and Kidnapping and Murder of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna
* October 26, 2012 – Arrested by detectives of the Montgomery County.
* October 26, 2012 – Preliminary Arraignment happened before Magisterial Judge James Gallagher at 2:30PM and remanded to custody without bail.
* November 28, 2012 – Preliminary Hearing held after being postponed twice.
* January 16, 2013 – Formal Arraignment via Videoconferencing in Video Room #2
Given his damning video confession and that he does not have a private legal team, it’s hard to see how Raghunandan Yandamuri can harbor hopes of an acquittal.
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