SAN JOSE -- Another suspect in the killing of a high-flying Silicon Valley entrepreneur appeared briefly in court Thursday, winning a one day extension to enter a plea in the sensational case.
Wearing a red jumpsuit and chains, Deangelo Austin stood silently in a crowded basement courtroom as his private attorney, Melissa E. Adams, asked Judge Jerome Nadler for a lengthy extension to review evidence gathered by police. The Santa Clara County judge refused, granting only one more day.
Austin and other defendants in the slaying of Raveesh "Ravi" Kumra are scheduled to enter pleas Friday afternoon. However, Deputy District Attorney Amir Alem said another extension is possible. Austin is being held without bail on homicide charges. Two more suspects, Lucas Anderson and Javier Garcia, face the same charges. A fourth defendant, Raven Chanel Dixon, is being held on charges that include a gang connection.
Kumra was killed and his wife was beaten on Nov. 30 during a home invasion robbery of his Monte Sereno mansion. Although Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police are keeping the details of the killing secret for now, court documents portray Kumra as a ruthless businessman accused of shady dealings while living a sordid lifestyle. He allegedly had a penchant for prostitutes and orchestrated a sham divorce to protect millions of dollars in assets from creditors.
After Austin's brief appearance, television and newspaper reporters asked Alum to disclose
Steven Clark, a court observer and former prosecutor, said the connection between the male suspects and Dixon, an alleged prostitute, are key to understanding what happened.
"Monte Sereno, California, is not exactly a hub of gang activity," Clark said. "This is a very unusual case. To connect the dots between the defendants and the victims in this case, there's a lot more that we'll learn about the connection. What did the victim know and how did he know these people?"
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