2nd Suspect Charged in Murder of Pharma Exec Followed 50 Miles From Casino

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Jagajeet Chiba
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The CEO of an East Windsor, New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company was murdered in his Plainsboro, NJ home while his wife and young daughter were sleeping.


Sree Ranga Aravapalli, a 54-year old CEO at Aurex Laboratories, had been followed 50 miles from the Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania after cashing out around $10,000 the night of Oct. 26.  Aravapalli was shot multiple times.  The alleged killer is 27-year-old Jekai Reid-John, of Norristown, Pa, who police say followed Aravapalli home after spotting him with the loot.

A camera at a nearby farmstand caught footage of Avarapalli driving home in the early morning, with Reid-John trailing him close behind, police told NBC 4. The same camera later caught him driving back.

Reid-John was arrested and charged last week in Montgomery County, Pa. with one count of first-degree murder.


A second suspect was arrested and charged this week.

Devon Melchor, 26, of Pennsylvania, was taken into custody in Florida while trying to board an international flight.

The CEO of Parx Casino Eric Hausler released a statement in which he said his business is cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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