SAN JOSE, California — Prosecutors say one of the men charged in the death of wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ravi Kumra believed Kumra had stolen $30,000 from him.
The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/1cVVNBv) that Santa Clara County prosecutor Kevin Smith presented the allegation during a preliminary hearing for 22-year-old DeAngelo Austin and two others charged in Kumra's slaying. The hearing began last week and was scheduled to continue on Tuesday.
Authorities had previously said only that the 66-year-old Kumra was the victim of a home invasion robbery set up by a prostitute he had hired. Kumra was bound and gagged during the 2012 heist at his Monte Sereno mansion and died of asphyxiation.
During the hearing, Smith also detailed for the first time what was taken from the home. The loot included about $15,000 in cash and a vintage Louis Vuitton handbag.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com