Back from India, man arraigned in family's slaying

Lakshminivasa Nerusu arraigned Sunday on 3 counts of first-degree murder

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Lakshminivasa Rao Nerusu

NOVI, Mich. -

A man who fled to India after the 2008 slayings of his wife and two children in their suburban Detroit home has been arraigned in a Michigan court on murder charges.

Forty-six-year-old Lakshminivasa Nerusu was arrested in February in Andhra Pradesh, near Hyderabad, India.

A Novi police investigator and an FBI agent flew to India and returned Nerusu to Michigan.

He was arraigned Sunday on three counts of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole.

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 checking on the family's welfare found their bludgeoned bodies two weeks later.

A day after the slayings, the suspect flew from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to India.

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