Paramedics Contaminated Crime Scene in Monte Sereno Millionaire Slaying

Last Modified: October 15, 2020
June 26, 2013 | Rabin Nabizadeh | Three Strikes, Voluntary Manslaughter

Until recently, there was really only one suspect in the November murder of Ravi Kumra, former owner in a Saratoga vineyard and entrepreneur – Lukis Anderson (26) of San Jose, whose DNA was found in the slain millionaire’s home. For months, local law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and defense attorneys alike have tried to figure out how Anderson could have been in two places at once – both black out drunk in a hospital and in the midst of murdering Kumra, whose home was far away.  New evidence suggests, however, that there is no mystery at all.  In point of fact, the paramedics that responded to the grisly scene at Kumra’s Withey Road mansion were the same that brought Anderson to the hospital 2 hours before for high-level intoxication (5 times the legal limit) from a local liquor store.  The two employees of a local ambulance company (Santa Clara County Ambulance) now stand accused of not having followed proper procedure when it comes to cleaning themselves between calls.

Though Anderson has now been released, he spent a lengthy 5 months in jail for the murder of Kumra, even though Anderson had never met the victim or anyone else who was present at the mansion at the time of the murder.  There was nothing to tie him to the crime except the DNA evidence found on Kumra’s body.  It was impossible for Anderson to have committed the crime, seeing as he was in the hospital for more than 12 hours after the attack.

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