The court system in Montgomery County, PA on Tuesday set September 9, 2013 as the start date for the trial of Andhra Pradesh native Raghunandan Yandamuri.
Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri, 27, has been charged with the murders of his neighbors, 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and the baby’s 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012.
The September 9 date gives six months for Yandamuri’s Public Defender attorney Stephen Heckman to prepare for the trial.
Montgomery County court authorities will shortly start jury selection for the trial, a process that should take a couple of months.
The trial will happen in the court room of Judge Steven T. O/Neill of the Court of Common Pleas of the Montgomery County, PA.
Raghunandan Yandamuri is currently a “guest” of the Montgomery County jail in Eagleville, PA.
Besides murder, Raghunandan Yandamuri faces a litany of other charges including kidnapping, burglary and abuse of corpse.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Yandamuri since his alleged crimes are considered particularly heinous and egregious.
Raghunandan Yandamuri has confessed to killing his two fellow Telugus on video but claims their deaths were accidental.
The 27-year-old man has a bizarre sense of humor, acquired presumably by overdosing on tacky Tollywood films.
After killing the two Vennas, Raghunandan Yandamuri actively joined the search efforts for the kidnapped baby by distributing flyers and participating in a candle-lit vigil.
At his formal arraignment on March 15, 2013, Raghunandan Yandamuri pleaded Not Guilty to all the charges against him.
Like many of his fellow Telugus in America, Yandamuri worked as a software programmer until his arrest on October 26, 2012.
Yandamuri’s gambling woes triggered a poorly hatched kidnapping plot that ended in a catastrophe for the Venna family and his pregnant wife (now back in India).
Even if Raghunandan Yandamuri through some miracle escapes the death penalty, he will never enjoy two favorite Telugu pastimes, gorging on Dum Biryani and reveling in a Tollywood film, since he’s certain to be jailed for life.
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