Attorneys say former roommate suspect in UF killing

Published: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:52 a.m.

The former roommate of a University of Florida graduate assistant found stabbed last month is a suspect in the man's death, attorneys indicated Friday.

Praveen Kumar Vedam, 25, of Gainesville faces a theft charge involving a laptop computer missing from the apartment of Sudheer Satti. The 24-year-old was found stabbed in his home at Maguire Village, an on-campus apartment complex off SW 34th Street, on Jan. 4.

University Police have not called Vedam a suspect in the slaying.

At Vedam's first appearance in court, however, State Attorney Bill Cervone asked for a $500,000 bond for Vedam, who has no prior criminal history. He also noted Vedam was a potential flight risk in light, he said, of "what may be coming" in the case.

Alachua County Judge Jim Nilon set a $50,000 bond for Vedam, who was arrested Thursday. Investigators discovered that accounts from Satti's missing computer had been accessed after his body was discovered. Tracing the accounts led them to Vedam, court records report.

Vedam, a software programmer, said little during his court appearance, except to answer or ask questions involving the hearing.

Nilon also ordered Vedam, a citizen of India, to surrender his passport and said if he is released from jail he will be placed on electronic monitoring.

The theft charge carries a maximum 5-year prison sentence.

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