Three held for two Indian students’ murder in US

May 23rd, 2008 - 9:08 pm ICT by admin  

New York, May 23 (IANS) Three youths have been arrested for the murder of two Indian doctoral students last December at the Louisiana State University campus. Michael Jermaine Lewis, 19, and Casey Gathers, 20, were arrested Thursday for the killing of Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, who were found shot in the head in what the police called a home invasion of Allam’s apartment December 13. Komma was bound with a computer cable and Allam was found near the door.

The third man, Devin Jamell Parker, 19, was arrested Wednesday for an unrelated robbery, but has been booked for the murder of the two students from Andhra Pradesh.

All the three men, African-Americans hailing from Baton Rouge, will be charged with two counts of first degree murder.

Komma, 31, was a biology student from Kurnool, and Allam, 33, was a chemistry student from Hyderabad.

A multi-agency task force was formed to solve the double murder and the police had released sketches of the two men seen in the area of the crime.

The police were gathering more information and interviewing the suspects.

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