Attorney: Saanvi Venna murder suspect coerced into confession
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - June 18, 2013 (WPVI) -- A defense attorney for a man accused of killing a woman and her granddaughter in a botched ransom kidnapping in suburban Philadelphia says his client was coerced into confessing.
The Times Herald reports attorney Stephen Heckman says 27-year-old Raghunandan Yandamuri gave self-incriminating statements to police without being read his Miranda rights and after a grueling 17-hour interrogation process. Heckman filed motions to suppress evidence in Montgomery County Court on Monday.
Yandamuri is charged with first-degree murder in the October killings of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and 61-year-old Satayrathi Venna. He's pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say he kidnapped the girl from her family's King of Prussia apartment and killed her grandmother as she tried to protect her. The child's body was found several days later.
Information from: The Times Herald, http://www.timesherald.com/
pennsylvania, montgomery county, homicide, stabbing, local/state
- Parking dispute turns violent at Cherry Hill Mall 10 min ago
- Milder Monday
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Victim shot 7 times in Kensington 42 min ago
- 1 dead, 1 injured in Winslow Twp. crash 10 min ago
- Mutilated animal found in Brewerytown 10 min ago
- 'Band of Brothers' vet William Guarnere dies at 90
- 2 wounded in daytime shooting in Trenton
- Vietnam says it may have found missing jet's door
- 2 dozen injured as California school stage falls 10 min ago
- Del. worker hospitalized after pretzel factory accident
- Suspect SUV in deadly hit and run caught on camera
- Photos: $3.25M summer home in Ocean City, NJ
- Parking dispute turns violent at Cherry...
10 min ago
- Mutilated animal found in Brewerytown
10 min ago