Suspects in Monte Sereno Murder Appear in Court Together

Accused in murder of Monte Sereno millionaire

Saturday, Jan 5, 2013  |  Updated 6:10 AM PDT
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The suspects accused of killing a Monte Sereno millionaire appeared together in court for the first time Friday. NBC Bay Area's Arturo Santiago reports.

The suspects accused of killing a Monte Sereno millionaire appeared together in court for the first time Friday. NBC Bay Area's Arturo Santiago reports.

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The suspects accused of killing a Monte Sereno millionaire appeared together in court for the first time Friday.

Twenty-one-year-old Javier Garcia, 26-year-old Lucas Anderson and 21-year-old Deangelo Austin are accused of breaking into the mansion of Ravi Kumra last November and then killing him. The men are also charged with beating Kumra's ex-wife during the alleged home invasion.  The two were still living together.

In the courtroom Friday, neither suspect acknowledged the other in any way. Prosecutors are still not talking about the connection between the suspects or the motive.

"They want to distance themselves from each other because obviously the district attorney is going to want to show that this was a group endeavor, and so that body language would have been very important to monitor,” legal analyst Steven Clark said.

"I can simply tell you the case is still under investigation and that at this time we're not in a position to say anything further,” Deputy District Attorney Anne Seery said.

All three men are scheduled to enter their pleas on Feb. 4.  A fourth suspect who is charged with being an accessory after the fact, 22-year-old Raven Dixon, was not in court Friday.

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