Lawsuit Filed Against Apt. Complex Where Double Murder Took Place

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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. (Published Thursday, Nov 29, 2012)

    A lawsuit has been filed against a man accused of killing a baby and her grandmother in a botched ransom kidnapping as well as the officials who run the apartment complex where the murders took place.

    Raghunandan Yandamuri, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2012
    killings of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna.

    Prosecutors allege that Yandamuri kidnapped the girl from her family's King of Prussia apartment, killing her grandmother who tried to protect the child. The girl's body was found several days later.

    Yandamuri hatched a plan to extort money from the Venna family by kidnapping their daughter and holding her for ransom to pay for his overwhelming gambling debt, according to police.

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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)

    Police say the suspect admitted to "accidentally" slitting Satyavathi's throat and to stuffing a handkerchief in the baby's mouth and wrapping a towel around her head.

    Defense attorney Stephen Heckman claimed however that his client was coerced into confessing to the murders.

    Officials announced that Venkata Venna, the father of Saanvi and son of Satyavathi, filed a wrongful death suit not only against Yandamuri but also the owners, managers and security officials of the Marquis Apartment complex where the woman and baby were murdered.

    The lawsuit claims that the "negligent, careless and reckless conduct" of the owners and managers of the complex played a role in the murders. The lawsuit also accuses the officials of failing to provide and maintain safe premises, failing to provide adequate surveillance and failing to protect tenants from danger.

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    Raghunandan Yandamuri, 26, plead not guilty in court Monday to charges that he killed 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother in October. According to police, the 26-year-old intended to kidnap and hold the child for ransom in order to extort money from the Venna family. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports. (Published Friday, Mar 15, 2013)

    The lawsuit also claims the complex's owners managers and security officials failed to repair "broken or inoperable security cameras designed to deter intruders," according to the Times Herald.

    The lawsuit claims Yandamuri was able to enter an unlocked and open side fire door into one of the apartment buildings and then gained entry into Venna's apartment right before the killings took place.

    Yandamuri is charged with first and second degree murder, kidnapping, abuse of corpse and other related offenses.