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October 12, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County jury on Friday heard emotional testimony from relatives of a King of Prussia grandmother and infant who were murdered in 2012. But the 28-year-old man convicted in the killings initially asked the judge to skip the proceedings altogether. "I don't want this hearing," Ranghunandan Yandamuri quietly told Judge Steven T. O'Neill Friday morning, before the witnesses took the stand. "I would rather take the death penalty. " Yandamuri, 28, a former information technology worker who immigrated from India on a work visa, did not explain his reasoning, and ultimately it was moot.
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October 8, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The King of Prussia man on trial in the 2012 murders of a baby and grandmother told a Montgomery County jury Monday that he confessed to the killings because the police had threatened him and his wife. Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, a former information technology worker on trial in Norristown, told jurors he was home having lunch with his wife at the time the slayings took place elsewhere in his apartment complex. But his wife told police he wasn't there, he said, because she was afraid to place him so close to the crime scene.
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October 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four jurors in the trial of a King of Prussia man charged with killing a baby and her grandmother began crying after seeing a photograph of the 10-month-old girl's body Thursday, prompting a Montgomery County judge to block prosecutors from showing the rest of the images. The picture showed the infant's foot, leg, and the hem of her white dress on a floor, protruding from beneath a bench in an empty, trash-strewn sauna where her lifeless body was found by police in October 2012. Prosecutors allege that Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, left the baby there several days after kidnapping her from her parents' apartment in a scheme to collect ransom money.
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October 1, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested two people in connection with a Nicetown slaying and are searching for a third, who they say is also a person of interest in the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman in Ogontz. About 4 p.m. last Tuesday, police said, officers were called to what they described as a crime scene in a Popeye's Chicken parking lot on the 4200 block of North Broad Street. Police connected that scene to a gunshot victim who had been dropped off at Temple University Hospital; the person who dropped the victim off had not stayed at the hospital, police said.
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September 30, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE DEATHS of Cooper University Health System president and CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, in a fire at their central New Jersey home yesterday morning are being investigated by an Arson Task Force, authorities said last night. Police and firefighters in Montgomery Township were called to the couple's house on Meadow Run Drive, in Skillman - about seven miles north of Princeton - at 6:13 a.m., according to a news release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
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August 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office dropped plans Thursday to pursue the death penalty in the trial of an Upper Merion man accused of killing his parents and twin brother in 2011. Prosecutors withdrew the death-penalty notice after Joseph McAndrew Jr. waived a jury trial and agreed to have his case heard by a judge. McAndrew, 27, contends that he was insane when he used a sword to stab his father, landscaping business owner Joseph McAndrew Sr.; his mother, Susan; and brother James in their Holstein Road home in March 2011.
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August 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The woman found dead in residential and historically safe Pennypack Park early Tuesday was strangled, a crime that had homicide detectives on Wednesday seeking the public's help. Constance McClain-Murray, 46, went out jogging about 9 p.m. Monday and never returned, Homicide Capt. James Clark said at an afternoon news conference. Clark said detectives had not yet determined a motive in the killing, and he did not say how McClain had been strangled. He said there was no sign that she had been sexually assaulted.
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August 1, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
IT'S TIME TO cordon off the Philadelphia Police Department and declare it a crime scene. At this point, what's long been happening inside that broken department is a crime - against good cops whose reputations are tarnished by dirty cops, against residents who've lost faith in a force that's supposed to protect and serve them, and against the laws that cops are supposed to uphold but that bad cops continue to break . . . and break . . . and break,...
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July 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
AFTER ALLEGEDLY fatally shooting a young husband and father during a botched robbery last September, Tyreek McNeil didn't lie low or keep his mouth shut. Instead, the day after the slaying McNeil, 22, allegedly told a group of friends that he was the one who pumped three bullets into the torso and upper back of Jose Gabino Aparicio, 22, at 8th and Watkins streets in South Philadelphia shortly after 4 a.m. on Sept. 26. Yesterday, after one of those friends, Jahmir Carney, testified about hearing the gunman's confession, Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ordered McNeil to stand trial for murder, robbery and related crimes.
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July 30, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
BACK IN April 2008, Kenneth Wiggins, 19, stole more than $1,000 from Qentin Salmond during a dice game in Germantown. Three days later, Salmond, his brother Bernard and their friend Jamil Baynes got revenge on Wiggins in broad daylight. Just before 1 p.m., as Wiggins left Skyline Restaurant on Chew Avenue near Chelten, Qentin Salmond, disguised in a Muslim woman's outfit, and Baynes, wielding a handgun, approached from behind and shoved him to the ground. Baynes then opened fire, fatally shooting Wiggins in the chest.
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