After firing his court appointed public defender attorney a few months back, Raghunandan Yandamuri elected to fight his murder and kidnapping charges in court on his own despite not possessing a legal background and despite facing the death penalty.
Before his arrest on October 26, 2012, Yandamuri was a software programmer.
Yandamuri is on trial for the killings of baby Saanvi Venna and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012 in a botched kidnapping for ransom attempt.
Trial Delay Again?
On Monday, Yandamuri stood up in the Montgomery County courtroom of Judge Steven T. O’Neill and made some unusual requests during a pre-trial hearing.
In a move that could delay his trial further, Yandamuri wanted the court to “appoint a forensic pathologist and computer animation expert to reconstruct the crime scene,” according to media reports.
Yandamuri explained to the court that he wanted to call them as defense witnesses during the upcoming trial.
The Telugu bidda is also asking for his DNA to be tested against three beer bottles that were supposedly found at the crime scene.
Although Yandamuri initially confessed to the killings (that he claimed were accidental) on October 26, 2012, he subsequently spun a bizarre yarn and blamed the murders on Matt and Josh. Yandamuri’s claims about the involvement of other people in the killings have not been found credible by Pennsylvania police.
The Telugu bidda’s rationale in court today was that he wants outside experts to look at the evidence in the light of his claims that the crimes were committed by others.
Yandamuri’s attempts to prevent his confession from being shown to jurors were not unsuccessful.
After multiple postponements, Yandamuri’s trial is scheduled to begin September 9, 2014.
But given Yandamuri’s new demands in court today, the trial could be delayed yet again.
Judge O’Neill did not rule on Yandamuri’s requests today.
Since Montgomery County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Yandamuri given the heinous nature of the crimes, the judge is expected to be inclined in favor of granting his requests at least in part.
Telugus are making history across America in countless bizarre ways – murder, kidnapping, groping airline passengers, masturbating on planes, sex trafficking, biting and kicking their wives, strangling with a rope, medicare fraud, visa fraud, butchery etc.
Raghunandan Yandamuri is merely one among several Telugus feeling the heat this summer in America. Recently Michigan Telugu bidda Lakshminivasarao Nerusu was sentenced to life in prison for butchering his wife and children.