Lakshminivasa Nerusu will never walk this planet as a free man starting today. The Indian immigrant who was living in Michigan with his wife and two children did the unthinkable on October 13, 2008. According to Yahoo, Nerusu brutally stabbed his wife Jayalakshmi Nerusu, then 37, an astounding 59 times and ensured that she was dead. He then waited for his children to arrive from school. His 14-year-old daughter Tejasvi and 12-year-old son Siva were killed later. The last to be killed was young Siva who was the last to come home from school. His departure from school was captured on a CCTV camera as well. That was the last anyone saw Siva alive.
Lakshminivasa, who was an unemployed software professional then packed his bags and fled to India – the very next day. The bodies of his wife and children were found by officials two weeks later. For over five years, Lakshminivasa was on the run and remained untraceable. A lookout notice was issued against him in India as well with the help of the Interpol. His luck ended in 2013 when he was finally nabbed by Indian police officials. He was then quickly extradited to the U.S. where he faced charges for the brutal killings of his own family.
On Thursday, a jury at the Oakland County Court sentenced Lakshminivasa to life imprisonment. They did not accept his plea which claimed that he was insane at the time of the brutal killings. He claimed that he had “blacked out” and didn’t recall what exactly happened on that fateful day.
A judge from the jury, before the sentencing did remind Lakshminivasa about the horrific nature of his crime. She added that in her 18 years on the bench, no other case affected her this much.
“I have never presided over a trial where someone cold-bloodedly in a single swipe murdered their own children. I think you must be wholly, completely and vilely selfish”, Judge Nanci Grant told Nerusu in her Oakland County courtroom.
She added that his actions doesn’t make him mentally ill or insane. He is just an evil human being, Grant told Nerusu.
The judge also referred to the video that was shown as part of evidence. In the video, Lakshminivasa’s son is seen getting on the school bus on his way back home.
“And all I could think about was: ‘Your mother’s already dead. Your sister’s already dead and you’ll be dead in 10 minutes.'”
There is still no clear motive for the crime although authorities said that Lakshminivasa had domestic issues with his wife. The jury also deduced that Nerusu was overall disenchanted with his life in the U.S. and wanted to start afresh – without his family, of course.
Do you think Lakshminivasa Nerusu got the punishment he deserved? It is also pertinent to note that his sentencing came on the same day a Texas father killed his entire family – including four of his children.
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