The Montgomery County Court administration today canceled the formal arraignment of Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri scheduled for January 16, 2013.
Raghunandan Yandamuri is languishing in a Montgomery County jail following his arrest on October 26, 2012 for the kidnapping and murder of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and murder of her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in King of Prussia, PA.
Raghu Yandamuris arraignment via video conferencing was scheduled to take place at 9:30AM on January 16 in Court Room A presided by Judge William T.Nicholas of the Montgomery County court system in Bridgeport, PA but has been canceled. No new date has been set for the formal arraignment.
During an arraignment in Montgomery County, PA, typically the charges are read out to the accused, who is also informed of his right to a lawyer, his right to file motions and the time limits for filing motions.
It’s not clear why Raghu Yandamuri’s formal arraignment has been cancelled.
We can understand postponement but not cancellation of the formal arraignment.
Since the Montgomery County, PA has not put out a reason for the cancellation of Raghu Yandamuri’s formal arraignment, we can only speculate as to the reasons:
* Was the cancellation of the Formal Arraignment a mere bureaucratic step in a complex legal process?
* Is the Montgomery County Court administration overburdened with several cases?
* Did Raghunandan Yandamuri try to commit suicide?
* Has Raghu Yandamuri been attacked in jail by other inmates and injured seriously?
* Have the police failed to gather the required evidence? Remember, a search warrant was issued in the case on December 5, 2012?
* Have the police found new information implicating others in the gruesome crimes?
* Are there problems in getting Raghu Yandamuri a public defender attorney? Stephen G. Heckman, Raghu’s court appointed attorney for the previous Magisterial District Court phase of the legal process has yet to file an entry of appearance for the Court of Common Pleas phase.
* What happens next? Will a new date for the formal arraignment be set or will there be some unusual developments?
Telugu Bidda’s Confession
Raghu Yandamuri has already confessed to the police on video to killing the two people.
During the video confession to the Montgomery County police detectives, the 26-year-old software programmer from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh enacted how he snuffed the life of his two victims.
Raghunandan Yandamuri’s killings has attracted a great deal of attention not merely among the Telugus but among the wider Non-Resident Indian community in the U.S. as well.
If convicted, Raghunandan Yandamuri will likely face the death penalty or, at a minimum, life in prison with no chance of parole.