PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The death of Ellen Greenberg, a 27-year-old teacher who was found dead with more than 20 stab wounds in her locked Manayunk apartment, is now under reinvestigation by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.
Greenberg’s family has long tried to change their 2011 suicide decision to murder or indefinitely. The coroner’s office initially ruled that her case was a homicide, but later changed it to a suicide.
“Our office has accepted this referral from the Philadelphia County Attorney’s Office. We have hired an investigator and a district attorney to review them,” the Chester County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
In 2019, Ellen Greenberg’s family asked the Philadelphia Attorney’s Office to reconsider the case, but because District Attorney Larry Krasner had previously represented the Greenbergs, it was sent to the Pennsylvania Attorney’s Office.
In July, the Attorney General’s Office remanded the case to the Philadelphia Attorney’s Office, saying in part, “Unfortunately, after four years of work, new expert testimony and information has been publicly asserted but withheld from our investigators, and new allegations of conflict of interest have been made against our firm .. . While the Attorney General’s Office has no actual conflict on this matter, circumstances beyond our control have given rise to the appearance of a conflict and our involvement no longer serves one of the primary purposes of the District Attorney’s Original Conflict Referral.” (You can read the full statement on read the end of this story.)
Ellen’s father, Josh Greenberg, said: “This has taken 11 years, we want justice for our daughter and maybe this will bring justice for others too.”
Joe Podraza, representing the Greenberg family, added: “I’m thrilled. I think for the first time we are getting an objective assessment of the case from someone who is honestly dealing with it.”
Podraza has filed two lawsuits against the city of Philadelphia on behalf of the Greenbergs. One is asking the coroner to change the investigation to indefinite or homicide.
The city of Philadelphia released a statement Tuesday night that said, “We recognize and appreciate the immense pain this incident has caused.
Read the full statement released by the Pennsylvania Attorney’s Office in July:
“The Attorney General’s Office has remanded this case to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in accordance with Pennsylvania law. Our office has conducted a comprehensive review and performed a new forensic analysis, which has been disclosed to the extent permitted by Pennsylvania law. Unfortunately, after four years of work, new expert testimony and information has been publicly claimed but withheld from our investigators, and new allegations of conflict of interest have been leveled against our office.
Building public trust in the criminal justice system is a core priority of the attorney general’s office. A primary purpose of case conflict referrals is to help law enforcement simply avoid the appearance of a conflict so that the public can have full confidence in the outcome of a criminal investigation. Although the Attorney General’s office has no actual conflict on this matter, circumstances beyond our control have given rise to the appearance of a conflict and our involvement no longer serves one of the primary purposes of the District Attorney’s original conflict referral.
Therefore, we believe it is in the public’s best interest to refer this case elsewhere. As such, we are sending this case back to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for referral to another district under Pennsylvania law.
We wish Ellen’s family the best and our office regrets that despite our extensive work, our extra efforts have not brought the questions surrounding her death closer.”
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