DNA match led police to charge a San Jose man

Posted by Chris Morales on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 11:31 PM

Recently a San Jose man, Lukin Anderson was charged with murdering a Monte Sereno millionaire, who is a cell phone entrepreneur and former Saratoga winery owner. Anderson was freed last month when prosecutors recognized he had an airtight alibi the night of the killing he was drunk and unconscious at a hospital when the victim was killed in his mansion.

What is still is a mystery is how the DNA of Anderson who was drunk and blood alcohol’s content was five times the legal limit end up on the fingernails of Raveesh “Ravi” Kumra. The Santa Clara County prosecutors managed to solve the question when they discover the same two paramedics who had treated Anderson for intoxication at a downtown San Jose liquor store responded to Kumra’s home a few hours after. District Attorney Kevin Smith was pleased to have been able to determine how the DNA got from Mr. Anderson to Mr. Kumra. Anderson’s attorneys from the public defenders office have not been able to comment on any of the evidence since they don’t have all of the DNA reports or have had experts look into the evidence. Public Defender, Molly O’Neal mentioned that he will be releasing more information once the investigation is conducted in order to support the transference theory.

Anderson spent more than five months in jail after he was connected to the slaying of Kumra. Two alleged Oakland gang members and a prostitute currently remain charged in the case. Also, a charge of accessory to murder was dismissed this Wednesday against a second alleged prostitute, Raven Dixon after authorities discovered that she did not have any ties to the slaying. Dixon is expected to be released with a credit for time served – seven month when she is sentenced in July. Dixon’s attorney Andrew Rosa, said police believed she was linked to the crime since she had taken pictures of Kumra’s home months before the slaying. A photograph was posted on Instagram and in her Facebook account of the Mansion. The photograph did not show any front door or access points it simply had a caption that said “Look how big this house is”.

Kumra’s body was found November 30th after police were called by his wife Harinder Kumra, to a 7,000 square-foot brick mansion on Withey Road in the hills west of San Jose. Kumra died of asphyxiation after his assailants left him gagged with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to stay quiet if she wanted to live.

Anderson was arrested a week later. Anderson had been in the hospital 12 hours after the victim was killed. His alcohol content was 0.40 percent, five times the legal limit for driving. The paramedics had moved both Anderson and Kumra, which resulted in a DNA transfer, it yet has not been confirmed whether the paramedics had properly cleaned themselves between the two calls. Brian Hubbell, an ambulance company spokesman said they follow the highest standards when it comes to infection control and cleanliness.  It is still unsure how the DNA got transferred from Anderson to Kumra. Defense attorneys are considering whether the county crime lab might have made a mistake. 


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