Charges Dropped in Monte Sereno Slaying

She is the fifth person to be arrested in connection with the homicide

Monday, Jun 3, 2013  |  Updated 9:04 AM PDT
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Suspects in Monte Sereno Murder Appear in Court

Courtesy of Kumra family

Ravi Kumra, 66, of Monte Sereno

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Santa Clara County prosecutors have dropped charges against one of the defendants in the slaying of a wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist at his Monte Sereno mansion.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Sunday  that investigators were able to confirm 26-year-old Lukis Anderson's alibi -- that he was drunk and unconscious at a hospital during the November attack on 66-year-old Raveesh Kumra. Anderson, who was facing a murder charge, was released from jail on Thursday.

Prosecutors say Anderson's DNA was found on Kumra, but that it appears to have gotten there from contact the two had prior to the attack.

Four other defendants continue to face charges in the slaying.

Authorities believe Kumra and his wife were targeted by gang members with ties to prostitutes

Kumra frequented. The assailants made off with valuables from the home.

 

For related stories:

Kumra's Use of Hookers Lead to Homicide: Court Docs

More Arrests Possible in Monte Sereno Homicide

Sources: Prostitute Led Gang to Monte Sereno Mansion 

Three Arrested in High-Profile Monte Sereno Murder

Monte Sereno Homicide Victim Reveals a "Colorful Character"

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