Death Sentence For Indian Techie Confirmed In Double Murder Case
New York: The death sentence for the accused, who is an Indian national in the sensational murder case of a 10-month-old baby and her grandmother following a botched up kidnapping plot was confirmed by Pennsylvania High Court. The incident took place in 2012.
The accused Raghunandan Yandamuri was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder after two days of jury deliberations fallowing a month and a half long trial in October 2012.
Raghunandan was sentenced to death in 2015 for the killings of Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna.
Raghunanandan was a techie from India and was a friend of the baby’s parents.
A report in WRAL.com said Pennsylvania’s high court affirmed the death sentence yesterday for Yandamuri, who had carried out a botched kidnapping plot to pay for his gambling habits. However, there is a Statewide moratorium on executions in Pennsylvania.
The police were called to an apartment complex in Pennsylvania on a report that a woman was killed and child missing. Initially, the police thought that it is only an incidental murder, but, soon they learnt that the grandchild of the dead women was missing and the mother of the child found a ransom note at the scene of the crime. The accused demanded USD 50,000 for the child’s life. However, he gave away his identity as he used the nickname of the baby’s parents that only a few people knew. The investigators soon found Yandamuri who admitted to the crime.
He then told police he had put the body of Saanvi Venna in the sauna of the apartments after she died.
Yandamuri told investigators he panicked and the deaths were accidental. He had served as his own lawyer and at trial said he was pressurised into confessing.