It’s not clear if the DNA tests permitted by Judge O’Neill also includes the forensic exams sought by Yandamuri.
Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri is on trial for the alleged murder of baby Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012 during a botched kidnapping for ransom.
Wild Goose Chase
Yandamuri initially confessed to the killings on video but now claims he was coerced by the Pennsylvania police.
The Telugu bidda claims the real killers were two individuals named Josh and Matt.
Pennsylvania police have rubbished Yandamuri’s claims on Josh and Matt.
After firing his court-appointed public defender attorney, Yandamuri is now representing himself in court.
At the last pre-trial hearing on July 21, 2014, Yandamuri sought DNA and forensic tests to support his claims that he did not kill the baby or grandmother.
By recanting on his video confession and demanding DNA and forensic pathology tests, Yandamuri is leading Pennsylvania tax payers, police and the judicial system on a wild goose chase that’s not only costing a considerable bit of money but also delaying start of the trial.
His former public defender attorney and a Pennsylvania investigating team have already visited India in connection with the case.
There’s also talk of Yandamuri’s family members coming from India to provide good character certificates to him during the trial.
Pennsylvania prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Yandamuri given the heinous nature of the crimes.
Yandamuri has been a ‘guest’ of the Montgomery County jail since his arrest on October 26, 2012.
Following multiple postponements, Yandamuri’s trial is currently scheduled to begin September 9, 2014 but may be delayed further.