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Attorney: Raghunandan Yandamuri coerced into murder confession

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A defense attorney for a man accused of killing a woman and her granddaughter in a botched ransom kidnapping in Montgomery County said his client was coerced into confessing.

Attorney Stephen Heckman filed motions to suppress evidence in court Monday, saying his client, Raghunandan Yandamuri, gave self-incriminating statements to police without being read his Miranda rights and after a grueling 17-hour interrogation process.

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

Yandamuri kidnapped the girl from her family's apartment in King of Prussia and killed her grandmother as she tried to protect her, prosecutors said. The child's body was found several days later.

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