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Death Penalty Sought in Botched Montco Kidnapping

Prosecutors plan to ask for the death penalty if man is found guilty of 1st-degree murder of Montgomery Co. baby and her grandmother



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    Raghunandan Yandamuri is charged with the murder of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother, Satyavathi Venna.

    Prosecutors in Montgomery County are seeking the death penalty against a man accused of killing a baby and her grandmother during a botched kidnapping last year.

    NBC10 confirmed an earlier report by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Montgomery County prosecutors filed notice Tuesday of intent to seek capital punishment if jurors convict 26-year-old Raghunandan Yandamuri of first-degree murder in the October deaths.

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    NBC10 has obtained the taped confession of Raghunandan Yandamuri, the man accused of killing a 10-month-old and her grandmother in a botched kidnapping, ransom attempt.
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    Prosecutors said he kidnapped 10-month-old Saanvi Venna from the family's King of Prussia apartment complex, killing 61-year-old Satayrathi Venna during the incident. The child's body was found a few days later in another part of the complex.

    Police said that they believe Yandamuri went to the apartment with the intention of kidnapping Saanvi and holding her for ransom. But police say Satyavathi, who was babysitting the child, fought for her granddaughter and was fatally stabbed by Yandamuri.

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    Police missing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna was found dead on Friday. Her body was hidden in a basement bathroom at the family's apartment complex, the Marquis Apartments, on the 200 block of West Dekalb Pike. Raghunandan Yandamuri is in police custody for the murder. NBC10's Deanna Durante spoke to stunned family members.
    (Published Friday, Oct. 26, 2012)

    Authorities allege that he confessed to Upper Merion Township Police but said the deaths were accidental. Video of his alleged confession was released in November.

    Defense attorney Stephen Heckman said the decision to pursue the death penalty came as no surprise and “we'll take it from there.”