Two trials for couple accused in Wrightsville stabbing homicide
- Marcus Bordelon and Natasha Stover are charged with murder in the 2015 stabbing death of Sami Young.
- On Monday, a York County judge ordered the accused to be tried separately.
A Wrightsville man accused of luring his baby's mother to his home and stabbing her at least 49 times will be tried for murder separately from his girlfriend, a judge ruled Monday.
York County Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness granted a defense motion by attorneys for Marcus James Bordelon to sever Bordelon's trial from that of his girlfriend and co-defendant, Natasha Stover. Bordelon is facing the death penalty if convicted; he is being represented by attorneys Kevin Hoffman and Gerald Lord.
Hoffman and attorney Suzanne Smith, who represents Stover, confirmed the judge granted the motion for separate trials.
Bordelon, 23, and Stover, 20, are charged in the April 2015 homicide of Samantha "Sami" Young, with whom Bordelon fathered a daughter.
The co-defendants remain in York County Prison without bail, charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, obstructing the administration of law, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy to commit all four of those offenses. Bordelon also is charged with kidnapping.
The York County District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty for Bordelon.
The allegations: Bordelon allegedly lured the 21-year-old mother — called Sami by her friends and family — to his Chestnut Street home by telling her something was wrong with their daughter Arteya, who was 1 year old at the time and visiting her father that night, according to Young's family. Bordelon and Young were no longer involved, her family said.
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. Stab wounds penetrated her heart, both lungs, liver and diaphragm, according to Dr. Michael Johnson, a forensic pathologist who testified at Bordelon's preliminary hearing.
Johnson said Young 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, who lived in York Township, from leaving his home prior to killing her.
Found in shed: Officers responding to Bordelon's home on April 19, 2015, found Young's body in a locked shed in Bordelon's yard, documents state. It appeared that she had been dragged there, preliminary hearing testimony indicated.
Police allege Stover and Bordelon exchanged texts about him killing Young. Police also say Stover helped Bordelon move Young's car away from his home, then drove him to Home Depot to buy bleach and lime.
According to charging documents, Bordelon claimed he and Sami agreed to have a late-night dinner at his home.
But Young's cousins told The York Dispatch that's simply not true — that Bordelon used Young's love for her daughter to lure her there by telling her something was wrong with Arteya.
Other issues: Also during the co-defendants' motions hearing Monday, Judge Ness ruled that statements made by Bordelon after he was arrested cannot be used against Stover, according to Smith.
Ness is still considering a couple of pretrial issues, including whether to allow chief deputy prosecutor Tim Barker to introduce text messages between Bordelon and Stover — retrieved from her cellphone — at Bordelon's trial, Smith said.
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