NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA, October 17, 2019: Shankar Hangud, the Indian-American data architect who is accused of murdering four members of his family, then driving up to the police station with a dead victim in his car, was arraigned in a Placer County courtroom on Tuesday.
Hangud reportedly told the judge twice, then once again, that he did not want an attorney and would not be seeking one, according to media reports.
“The judge strongly advised he obtain one. After talking to the public defender, Hangud agreed to be represented,” said a tweet by a @kcranews team member.
The newly appointed attorney asked for a continuance of the arraignment.
The four victims are listed in the complaint only by their initials, but the coroner’s office is working with the Indian Consulate in California to contact the legal next of kin before releasing the victims’ names, reports KCRA 3. The kin reportedly lives in India.
According to court documents, Hangud is believed to have committed the murders over a week. The first two murders were committed at his Roseville apartment on October 7th, the third the next day at the same location and the fourth one in Siskyou County on Sunday.
Hangud is scheduled to be back in court Oct. 25. He could face the death penalty.
Earlier this week, a press release issued by Roseville PD said at 12:11 p.m. Monday, cops received a call from the Mt. Shasta Police Department reporting they had detained a suspect involved in a homicide that took place in Roseville. The adult male claimed to have murdered individuals at his residence in Roseville. Another victim was inside his vehicle at the Mt. Shasta Police Department in Siskiyou County and other victims were at an apartment in Roseville.
Officers who were dispatched to Hangud’s apartment complex in Roseville confirmed that three additional victims were found dead at the scene.
It was also confirmed that the body found in Hangud’s car was of a man of Indian origin.
Hangud, cops said, left his home in Roseville with one adult male victim, of Indian origin. They drove away in a maroon sedan from Roseville to unknown places in Northern California and ended up in Mt. Shasta.
Hangud is a data architect, according to his LinkedIn profile. He has an M.B.A in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.