Raghunandan Yandamuri’s death sentence has been confirmed by Pennsylvania’s high court. The Indian man had reportedly killed 10-month old girl and her grandmother in the year 2012. The double murder had shocked the US and the Indian American community there.
Raghunandan Yandamuri, an Indian techie whose gambling habits had destroyed him financially reportedly planned the abduction of the girl apparently to pay for the huge debt that he had amassed. But he was exposed and this led him to kill the child, Saanvi Venna, and her 61-year-old grandmother Satayrathi Venna.
After more than one and half month of trial, Raghunandan Yandamuri was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder after two days of jury deliberation. He was sentenced to death in 2015 for the killings of Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satayrathi Venna. Yandamuri was a technology professional from India and knew the baby’s parents.
Now the death sentence for the heartless killer has been affirmed by the Pennsylvania’s high court. Though Yandamuri has been sentenced to death, there is a statewide moratorium on executions in Pennsylvania.
A report while talking about the development says that the investigation into the murders began when police were called to an apartment complex in Pennsylvania for a report that a woman had been killed and child was missing. Police soon learned from the dead woman’s son that his daughter was missing and he had found a ransom note at the scene of the crime demanding $50,000 for his daughter’s life. The ransom note had used nicknames for the baby’s parents that only very few people knew. Yandamuri told investigators he panicked and the deaths were accidental. He had served as his own lawyer and at trial said he was pressured into confessing.