Fugitive father accused of killing family caught in India

NOVI (WXYZ) - He's been on the run for more than four years, but tonight, Lakshminivasa Rao Nerusu is in police custody.

Novi police say Nerusu was apprehended in Hyderbad, India after a joint investigation with Indian police, the FBI and the U.S. Department of State.

Investigators believe Nerusu killed his wife Jayalakshmi, 37, and two children Tejasvi, 14, and Siva, 12. Their bodies were found on October 27, 2008 at their Novi townhouse, but police believe they were likely killed two weeks earlier.

Novi Police say the father likely boarded a plane from Detroit Metro Airport the same day or the next morning to flee to India.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the State Department are handling the extradition process. Investigators say it could take up to five years to bring Nerusu to the U.S. if he fights to stay in India. The U.S. has an extradition treaty with India, which could expedite the process.

If Nerusu is brought to Michigan, he will likely face three counts of first degree murder along with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

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