Man accused of killing family in Novi home gets life in prison

PONTIAC, Mich. - A man who was convicted in the 2008 slayings of his wife and two young children in their Novi home will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Lakshminivasa Nerusu was found guilty of first-degree murder in June. He testified during his trial that he didn't remember what happened the day of the killings and must have been insane.

Judge Nanci Grant sentenced Nerusu on Thursday to life in prison without parole.

"I have never presided over a trial where someone cold-bloodingly in a single swipe murdered their own children," Grant said.

His wife, Jayalakshmi Nerusu, 14-year-old daughter Tejasvi and 12-year-old son Siva, were killed Oct. 13, 2008.

Police checking on the family's welfare found their bludgeoned bodies two weeks later. Lakshminivasa Nerusu initially fled to India after the deaths, but was arrested in February 2013 and brought back to Michigan.

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