DA seeks death penalty in Wrightsville stabbing of young mother
A Wrightsville man is now facing the death penalty, accused of luring his baby's mother to his home and stabbing her at least 49 times.
Marcus James Bordelon appeared before Common Pleas Court Judge Harry M. Ness on Monday morning for his formal court arraignment in the murder case.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, obstructing the administration of law, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy.
Bordelon, 22, of Chestnut Street, remains in York County Prison without bail. His next scheduled court proceeding is a Dec. 14 pretrial conference set by Ness.
York County District Attorney Tom Kearney noted during the arraignment that he is seeking the death penalty based on two aggravating factors — that victim Samantha Young was kidnapped and that she was tortured.
Joint trial: Kearney also noted at the hearing that his office is consolidating Bordelon's case with that of his co-defendant and recent girlfriend, Natasha Stover. That means they will stand trial together.
Defense attorney Kevin Hoffman told the judge that Bordelon was waiving his formal arraignment and pleading not guilty to the charges against him.
Kearney, Hoffman and Ness discussed the fact that Hoffman, who is court-appointed, is not death-penalty certified, meaning the court will have to appoint a second attorney to handle the penalty phase of Bordelon's trial.
In York County, it's standard practice to assign two attorneys to each death-penalty case, even if both are death-penalty certified.
"My intention is to stay on the case," Hoffman told The York Dispatch, but said it will be up to the court to make that decision.
The attorney said Bordelon had an idea he might be facing the death penalty.
"We anticipated it, but we didn't know for sure until today," Hoffman said on Monday.
The allegations: Bordelon lured the 21-year-old mother — called Sami by friends and family — to his home by telling her something was wrong with their daughter, who was a year old at the time and visiting her father that night, according to Young's family.
Police said Bordelon wouldn't let Young leave after she arrived, which is the basis of the kidnapping charge.
Young suffered stab wounds and cuts all over her body, including clusters of stab wounds to her back and wounds to her neck, head chest, arms and legs. Some wounds penetrated into her heart, both lungs, liver and diaphragm, according to Dr. Michael Johnson, a forensic pathologist who testified at Bordelon's preliminary hearing.
Johnson said she suffered at least 49 stab wounds, probably more. He explained that "clusters" of wounds with "co-mingled" pathways made it difficult to count the wounds with certainty.
Charging documents filed by Wrightsville Police allege Bordelon used a stun gun to keep Young from leaving his home prior to killing her.
Found in shed: Officers responding to his home on April 19 found Young's body in a locked shed in Bordelon's backyard, documents state. It appeared she had been dragged there, preliminary hearing testimony indicated.
Stover, 19, also remains in prison without bail, charged with homicide, conspiracy and related offenses.
Police allege she and Bordelon exchanged emails about him killing Young. They also say Stover helped Bordelon move Young's car away from his home, then drove him to Home Depot to buy bleach and lime.
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