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Man who fled to India convicted in family slaying

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Lakshminivasa Nerusu when he was arrested at Metro Airport in February 2013 Lakshminivasa Nerusu when he was arrested at Metro Airport in February 2013
PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) -- A man who fled to India after the 2008 slayings of his wife and two children in their metro Detroit home has been convicted of first-degree murder in their deaths.
 
An Oakland Circuit Court jury returned the verdict on Thursday in the case of Lakshminivasa Nerusu, who was arrested in February 2013.
 
He testified during the trial that he didn't remember what happened the day of the killings and must have been insane. He faces mandatory life in prison without parole when sentenced.
 
Thirty-seven-year-old Jayalakshmi Nerusu, the couple's 14-year-old daughter Tejasvi and their 12-year-old son Siva, were killed Oct. 13, 2008. Police in Novi checking on the family's welfare found their bludgeoned bodies two weeks later.

Fox 2's Ron Savage confronted the suspect at Metro Airport where he was taken into custody by the FBI and Novi Police after he was extradited from India.

Nerusu, a former computer programmer, had been on the run for nearly five years. Investigators from Novi, the FBI, Michigan State Police and the US State Department worked with Indian authorities in New Delhi culminating in the capture of one of Michigan's Most Wanted.

Authorities say domestic problems preceded the deaths.


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