Man found guilty of killing family in Novi home

By Halston Herrera, Senior News Editor for ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnHalston, hherrera@wdiv.com
Published On: Jun 12 2014 11:36:04 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2014 11:40:14 AM EDT
Novi family murder victims
NOVI, Mich. -

A Novi man who fled to India after the 2008 slaying of his wife and two children has been found guilty of murder.

Lakshminivasa Nerusu was arrested in February 2013 in India. He was returned to Michigan and stood trial this week on three counts of first-degree murder -- which carry mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole. He testified during his trial that he had no recollection of stabbing his wife, Jayalakshmi Nerusu, his 14-year-old daughter, Tejasvi, and 12-year-old son, Siva.

Lakshminivasa Nerusu

Their bodies were found in the family's home, weeks after the children stopped showing up for school.

Nerusu is scheduled to be sentenced on July 3.