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Published on April 18, 2024
Post-Mortem Plot Twist, Ellen Greenberg May Have Been Moved, Ex-ADA's Bombshell Testimony Sheds New Light in Philly Court Source: GoFundMe

A shocking development has arisen in the lawsuit over the 2011 death of Ellen Greenberg, with her family's attorney stating a witness is set to testify that her body was moved post-mortem. Joseph Podraza, representing the Greenberg family, revealed this during a hearing in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, as reported by PennLive. The witness in question, former Philadelphia assistant district attorney Guy D’Andrea, claims the city's medical examiner, at the time, had concluded that Ellen's death was a homicide, contradicting the official suicide ruling.

Adding to the complexity, Ellen was found with 20 stab wounds, and D'Andrea argued that one of these would have "immediately incapacitated" her, making self-infliction unlikely. As NBC Philadelphia stated, the wounds included a knife embedded 10 centimeters into her chest. Returning from the gym, her fiancé reportedly found their locked apartment door and discovered her body seated on the kitchen floor. This contradicts the position Dr. Samuel Gulino reportedly told D’Andrea her body was found in, suggesting her body was in a "supine position for a period of time."

The case has seen several twists over the years, initially ruled a homicide by Dr. Marlon Osbourne, the medical examiner at the time, before Philadelphia Police Department pronounced it a suicide. Osbourne then amended the manner of death on Greenberg's certificate from homicide to suicide on April 4, 2011. Now, after a long battle, the revelations brought forth by D'Andrea, who spoke with Dr. Gulino, could turn the tide of the case as evidence suggests the scene may have been altered.

Sandee Greenberg, Ellen's mother, was stunned by the disclosure during the virtual court hearing. Blood patterns on Ellen’s face indicated she had been lying horizontally long enough for blood to flow in a certain direction, D'Andrea points out. This detail, as told by Local 21 News, casts doubt on the position in which her fiancé claims to have found her and the inaction of emergency responders in moving her body.

The court has allowed the Greenbergs to proceed with discovery and depositions with a May 6 deadline. The family and their attorneys aim for a trial by fall, hoping to bring clarity and justice a decade after Ellen's tragic passing. Amidst these proceedings, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to take up the appeal regarding the contested ruling of Ellen's manner of death.