PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The family of Ellen Greenberg, a 27-year-old Philadelphia teacher who was found dead in 2011 with more than 20 stab wounds in her locked Manayunk apartment, continues to fight for change.
Appeal arguments in the case took place before judges at the Commonwealth Court on Tuesday.
Last year, Judge Glynnis D. Hill of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ruled on a civil suit brought by the Greenberg family, Joshua and Sandra Greenberg, against the coroner’s office, and Marlon Osbourne, the pathologist who performed their daughter’s autopsy, could be brought to justice.
Greenberg’s family and attorneys sued the city of Philadelphia to force the coroner’s office to change the teacher’s manner of death from suicide to manslaughter or unknown.
Greenberg was discovered by her fiancé in January 2011 in her locked apartment at the Venice Lofts on Block 4600 of Flat Rock Road.
Her fiancé made the discovery and called 911. He was never named as a person of interest in the case.
The city’s coroner’s office initially ruled her death a manslaughter, but later changed it to suicide, according to police information.
According to Greenberg’s attorney Joe Podraza, new evidence obtained in a 2021 deposition in the coroner’s office by a former Philadelphia city neuropathologist is sufficient for the office to change the decision to indeterminate or murder.
“I think it’s final, saying and deciding the case. It closes the case in our favor,” Podraza said on Tuesday. “The testimony of Dr. Emery, stating that a wound preserved by the coroner’s office is a post-mortem wound, was by definition inflicted while Ellen was dead. It makes it clear that she couldn’t have inflicted all 20, or frankly any of the 20 of those wounds, on herself. So I don’t know why we continue to argue with the city on this point when it is their own employee who gave us this information.
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The Greenberg family has filed two lawsuits against the city. In a court case, they ask the coroner to change the decision from suicide to indefinite or manslaughter.
It will likely take the court several months to respond.
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