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DA To Seek Death Penalty in Venna Murder

Raghunandan Yandamuri is accused of killing the 10-month-old infant and her grandmother last October.

Prosecutors will reportedly seek the death penalty for Raghunandan Yandamuri, the accused killer of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother, according to WPVI-TV (Action News).

61-year-old Satayvahti Venna, who was babysitting for Saanvi, was murdered in the family's Upper Merion apartment last October. Saanvi was abducted from the apartment and later found dead in a sauna room at the apartment complex.

Yandamuri, 26, gave authorities a detailed confession in which he described murdering the elder Venna during a botched scheme to ransom Saanvi to her parents for $50,000. Yandamuri had lost $15,000 gambling in the week prior to the murders.

Dynamo47 January 16, 2013 at 05:51 PM
ANYONE who murders a child deserves the death penalty. And not the Pennsylvania, sit on death row for decades filing dozens of appeals at the taxpayer expense but Texas death penalty. The DA can seek the death penalty and a jury likely issue that penalty but we all know how PA justice works. Aside from the immediate appeal that will be filed, he is more likely to die of natural causes in prison than by a needle in Pennsylvania
Jimmy Jeffy January 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM
What a joke, why even call it a death penalty or mention it in the Commonwealth of PA. Need to get a set for what these monsters do!
Dale Pahnke January 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM
We need to just kill this creeps...no appeal, no lethal injection, fry 'em, hang em' or shoot 'em !!!

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