After a request from the defendant,
Yandamuri is representing himself, and the judge gave him the extra time to talk with the defense investigator, review a DNA analysis, and get more information from a forensic pathologist and a computer-generated animation expert the court recently appointed to work for the defense.
Yandamuri, 28, could be sentenced to death if a jury convicts him of first-degree murder charges in the kidnapping and killing of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and the slaying of the child's grandmother,
Authorities say Yandamuri entered the Vennas' apartment at the
Yandamuri denies that and says police coerced him into confessing to the crimes.
O'Neill's decision came after Deputy District Attorney
"You cannot imagine how hard that is for them," Cauffman said of the proceedings' pace.
O'Neill said he was sympathetic, but "I have to be true to the defendant's right to defend himself and prepare for trial."
Yandamuri still will have an attorney represent him in the penalty phase if he is convicted of the murder charges.
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