Man accused in Monte Sereno businessman's murder released

June 1, 2013 6:47:55 PM PDT
We've just learned one of five people accused of murdering a prominent Monte Sereno businessman in his home has been released. ABC7 News has an exclusive interview with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office as to why he was let go.

Lucas Anderson, who also goes by the name "Lukis" was released from jail on Thursday. His public defender proved to the prosecution that there is no way her client could have committed the crime because he simply wasn't there.

The 26-year-old was accused of breaking into Ravi Kumra's Monte Sereno home with four other people, robbing the multi-millionaire, and then killing him.

Defense attorneys proved that Anderson had an alibi.

"On the night of the homicide he was severely intoxicated and was picked up by law enforcement and transferred over to Valley Medical Center," Santa Clara County Public Defender Kelley Kulick said.

ABC7 News has learned Anderson was basically unconscious the whole night with a blood alcohol level of 4.0.

The reason Anderson was picked up and charged back in December is because investigators say they found his DNA under the victim's fingernails.

Prosecutors are sure the lab work and DNA samples were taken and processed correctly.

"DNA can last two to three days, maybe four at the most under someone's fingernails depending on the condition," Santa Clara County District Attorney Kevin Smith said. "We're still researching how it's possible that Mr. Anderson's DNA came under the fingernails of the deceased."

Detectives continue to look for a link between Anderson and Kumra.

In the meantime, four people, including two gang members and two alleged prostitutes, remain in custody.

Kumra was the former owner of the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

His wife was home the night of the break in. She was badly beaten.

Detectives say this case is far from closed. They are still processing evidence which means more suspects could be out there.

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