A Michigan jury has started its deliberations in the trial of Telugu bidda Lakshminivasa Rao Nerusu’s triple murders Wednesday but did not arrive at a verdict.
Members of the jury will resume their deliberations Thursday.
Jury members saw ghastly crime scene photos of the three murders Wednesday.
Nerusu is on trial for first degree murder for killing his wife and two young children in October 2008. After butchering them, Nerusu fled to India where he was caught last year and hauled back to the U.S.
Nerusu’s Goose Cooked
If Nerusu is found guilty, his goose is cooked since he’ll have to spend the rest of his life in prison.
The gist of the prosecution case was that Nerusu killed his wife and children to get out of an unhappy marriage.
Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Tricia Dare told the jury Wednesday in her closing argument:
He did not love his wife…She stood between him and his freedom. The defendant wants you to believe he loved his family but actions speak louder than words, and his actions spoke of anything but love.
Nerusu’s defense countered that mental illness explains the gruesome killings.
His attorney Lawrence Kaluzny told the jury:
You don’t do what he did to his family without having having mental illness. His wife belittled him, she nagged him, we can only guess how it affected the depression he was in. It sent him over the edge. Certainly, I’m not saying his wife and kids deserved to die, but it did push him over the edge.
Guilty Verdict Coming
Barring a miracle, Lakshminivasa Rao Nerusu will be found guilty and be locked up for the rest of his life.
Nerusu is not the only Telugu bidda arrested on murder charges in the U.S.
At least, three other Telugus are awaiting trial for horrific murders – Raghunandan Yandamuri in Pennsylvania, Timma Raju Kalidindi in New Jersey and Amit Muddamalle Livingston in Texas.