I am NOT GUILTY – Raghunandan Yandamuri

Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri today cold-bloodedly decided to prolong the agony of the Vennas, whose lives he turned upside down by killing their 10-month-old daughter Saanvi Venna and the baby’s 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012.

At his formal arraignment in the court room of Judge Steven T.  O’Neill in Montgomery County today, Raghunandan Yandamuri pleaded NOT GUILTY to all of the charges read to him.

Raghunandan Yandamuri

Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Not Guilty plea means the case will go to trial at great pain to the Vennas and great cost to Pennsylvania tax payers.

Montgomery County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Raghunandan Yandamuri for the heinous crimes.

First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele of the Montgomery County DA’s office said there were number of aggravating circumstances that would allow the DA’s office to move forward with the death penalty.

Steele filed two notices seeking the death penalty, one for the first victim Satyavathi Venna and the other for the second victim, baby Saanvi Venna.

Raghunandan Yandamuri, 27, is a software programmer from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, famous for its delicious Dum Biryani and infamous for its obscenely horrid Telugu films.

In a video confession, Raghu Yandamuri has already admitted to killing Saanvi Venna and Satyavathi Venna but claims the deaths were accidental.

Charges Against Telugu Bidda Raghu Yandamuri

Murder, Kidnapping Charges Against Yandamuri

Media reports have Yandamuri being produced in the court today in an orange prison jumpsuit with shackles on his hands and legs.

Telugu Bidda Loves Life

Raghunandan Yandamuri had no compunction in taking the lives of the two Vennas as a solution to his gambling woes.

But the Telugu bidda desperately loves life for himself.

Raghunandan Yandamuri’s wife was pregnant at the time of the murders and has since returned to India.

If Raghu Yandamuri had plead guilty today he’d have faced the death penalty since prosecutors have already declared their intention to seek the death penalty in the case.

Raghunandan Yandamuri is currently lodged in Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, PA since the charges against him are non-bailable.

What Happens Next

Montgomery County court authorities will schedule a pre-trial conference in the near future.

A jury will be selected for the case.

Then Raghunandan Yandamuri’s trial will start.

At the end of the trial, jurors will decide whether Raghunandan Yandamuri is guilty or not of the charges against him.

The final step is sentencing.

The entire process will take several months and may be even a year considering that this is a death penalty case.

Since the Pennsylvania court system is not a Tollywood movie, we do not expect to see any miracles like Raghunandan Yandamuri walking out scot-free.

Even in the unlikely event Raghunandan Yandamuri escapes the death penalty verdict, the Telugu bidda will never again smell the roses, eat Dum Biryani or watch another Tollywood film.

In other words, Raghunandan Yandamuri is doomed to either receiving the lethal injection or spending the rest of his life confined to a tiny cell.

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Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Video Confession
Telugu Bidda Raghu Yandamuri’s Gamble Failed Big Time
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Understanding Raghu Yandamuri’s Case

2 Responses to "I am NOT GUILTY – Raghunandan Yandamuri"

  1. Vinith   March 16, 2013 at 1:56 am

    What if he had pleaded guilty?

    Let me guess, there wouldn’t have been any trial and he would have received his sentence right away?

    I don’t quite understand how the system works there.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    I am no expert on the judicial system here.

    But in New Jersey (a neighboring state to Raghunandan Yandamuri’s home state Pennsylvania) this is what happens:

    If a guilty plea is entered at the formal arraignment, Criminal Division judges order a presentence investigation to be conducted by Criminal Division case supervisors. Sentencing will follow the presentence investigation, generally 4 to 6 weeks after convictions.

    I suspect Pennsylvania may not be all that different from New Jersey.

    • Vinith   March 16, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      So, if I’ve understood right, there’s no trial.

      If a person pleads Not Guilty, a jury is selected and there’s a trial and the defendant is innocent until proven otherwise.

      Is it so?

      In any case, I don’t want to see this pathetic excuse for a human being escape punishment. Lethal injection is too liberal. Either death by hanging or he needs to be locked up for life.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Now there will be a trial with all the media hype and hoopla!

      Yandamuri is doing all of this to escape the death penalty because he has ZERO % chance of getting out.

      If he’d pleaded Guilty, he may have gotten death penalty based on Sentencing guidelines and the prosecution’s insistence on the ultimate punishment. I don’t know if the Judge has discretion because increasingly sentencing guidelines have stripped away a lot of the discretionary power that judges used to have.

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