Pennsylvania officials announced on Tuesday that a different agency will reinvestigate the 2011 death of a woman who was found stabbed 20 times.
The Chester County District Attorney’s Office is taking over the investigation into Ellen Greenberg’s death due to a conflict of interest in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office was initially tasked with reviewing the case, but District Attorney Larry Krasner forwarded it to the Attorney General as he previously represented the Greenbergs, according to WPVI.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a medical examiner initially ruled Greenberg’s death a suicide. The state Attorney General’s Office also found that Greenberg, 27, died by suicide. However, the Attorney General referred the case in July to the Philadelphia District Attorney, which has now handed the case over to prosecutors in Chester County.
In a statement issued to WPVI, the Attorney General’s Office said that “circumstances beyond our control have created the appearance of a conflict” of interest. They also alleged that expert testimony and information have been withheld from their detectives.
Greenberg, a 27-year-old teacher, was found fatally stabbed in her Manayunk apartment in 2011. Officials ruled her death a suicide, but her family believes it should be deemed a homicide or undetermined.
Greenberg’s fiancé, Sam Goldberg told police that he returned home from the gym and realized he was locked out, with the swing lock latched from the inside. He claimed he called and texted Greenberg several times with no luck and could not get ahold of the apartment management, so he broke the lock.
Goldberg said he found Greenberg slumped over in the kitchen. He claimed he was gone for 45 minutes before returning to the apartment, and investigators determined surveillance footage corroborated his claims about what happened that day.
Neuropathologist Lyndsey Emery, who was hired by the city of Philadelphia years earlier to evaluate Greenberg’s spinal cord, told Greenberg’s family attorney that it was “significant” she had no hemorrhaging, as it strongly suggests she did not have a pulse when she was repeatedly stabbed. She went on to conclude that at least one of the 20 stab wounds on Greenberg occurred postmortem.
Emery’s statements were made in a deposition that Greenberg’s family attorney provided to the Attorney General’s Office in December 2021. However, the document was reportedly available to the public months before that.
Chester County prosecutors confirmed they have assigned a prosecutor and detective to Greenberg’s case.
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