The Montgomery County, PA court system will conduct Raghunandan Yandamuri’s formal arraignment process on January 16, 2013 via video conferencing to save money.

Raghunandan Yandamuri, who hails from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, has been arrested and charged with the murders of his neighbors Satyavathi Venna (61) and her 10-month-old granddaughter Saanvi Venna.

On Oct. 22 morning, Yandamuri – a friend of Latha and Venkata Venna, Saanvi’s parents – entered the Venna apartment home in the Upper Merion township of King of Prussia, Penn. Yandamuri had a knife and 10 copies of a ransom note, seeking $50,000 from the Vennas – both software engineers – for their little baby daughter. Yandamuri had filed for bankruptcy earlier this year in Northern California, and had more recently accrued a $15,000 gambling debt, playing at a facility close to his workplace, according to police reports Raghu Yandamuri’s arraignment via video conferencing means that people will not have the opportunity to see this Telugu bidda in flesh and blood until his sentencing.

Raghunandan Yandamuri’s twin murders has attracted considerable attention both within the Telugu community to which he belongs and the larger Indian community in the U.S.

Raghu’s arraignment is scheduled to take place at 9:30AM on January 16 in Video Room #2 of the Montgomery County court system in Bridgeport, PA.