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
- Photos: 24 wanted in Phila. insurance fraud scheme 50 min ago
- Mostly sunny, very windy today
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Pizza deliveryman ID'd in police shooting 8 min ago
- Eye doc grew pot in Delco home, police say 3 min ago
- Police ID man found dead in Centreville driveway
- Fmr. Devon Prep teacher faces child porn charges
- Woman charged in NJ man's overdose death 50 min ago
- 3rd lottery jackpot hits at Atlantic Co. truck stop
- New 'object of interest' in missing jet hunt
- Restaurant plans new statue of Joe Paterno
- Photos: Suspects wanted by Philadelphia Police
- What would you ask Mayor Nutter?
- Eye doc grew pot in Delco home, police say
3 min ago
- Pizza deliveryman ID'd in police shooting
8 min ago
6abc.com News Links
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos