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Police Arrest Son in December 2015 Death of Cary Woman

Post Date:03/17/2017 1:12 AM
  • Following an exhaustive investigation, Arnav Uppalapati, 17, is charged with murder in the untimely death of his mother, Nalini Tellaprolu.
  • Crime occurred on December 17, 2015.
  • This Class B1 felony in North Carolina is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.


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CARY, NC – Following an exhaustive investigation, the Town of Cary Police Department has deemed the untimely death of Nalini Tellaprolu a matricide and tonight have arrested her son Arnav Uppalapati, 17, charging him with murder. This Class B1 felony in North Carolina is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. He has since been transported to the Wake County Public Safety Center in Raleigh for processing.

“Our thoughts are with Ms. Tellaprolu’s family and friends as they continue to come to terms with their loss while facing the very tragic outcome of our thorough investigation,” said Police Chief Tony Godwin. “We appreciate the community’s continued support as we did our due diligence in making this arrest.

On the afternoon of December 17, 2015 emergency personnel responded to a call at the Tellaprolu/Uppalapati residence at 2107 Roland Glen Road, when Arnav and a family friend found Nalini Tellaprolu dead in her garage. Cary’s last murder was Michele Kennington Williams on December 9, 2016; her estranged husband was arrested for the crime the following day.

While an arrest has been made, anyone with information about this murder is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls will be kept CONFIDENTIAL at the caller's request.

For real-time crime updates, follow the Town of Cary’s Safety account on Twitter @TOC_Safety.

*Media note – At the time of arrest, no photo was available. Now that an arrest has been made, the focus turns to Uppalapati’s prosecution, which for Cary is led by the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. As such, this is the last case update the Town of Cary plans to make on this outside of court until the matter is completely resolved.




Primary Contacts

Tony Godwin, Police Chief, (919) 469-4023

Carrie Roman, Public Information Specialist, (919) 380-4240



Homicide Release

Cary Crime Stoppers



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