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DA can seek death penalty in woman's slaying

Written by Dylan Segelbaum - York Daily Record | Mar 9, 2016 4:41 AM

The York County District Attorney's Office can continue to seek the death penalty against a man from Wrightsville who's accused of conspiring over text for months before killing his ex-girlfriend last April, a judge has ruled.

In his order, Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness wrote it's the defense's burden to prove that there are no aggravating circumstances. The prosecution, Ness said, offered an "array of evidence" to support that the crime was committed through torture, including testimony that 52 stab wounds were found on the victim's body.

"Accordingly," Ness wrote in the order, which is dated March 2, "we are satisfied that the Commonwealth is not seeking the death penalty for an improper reason."

Marcus Bordelon, 22, is charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in the killing of Samantha Young, 21, on April 19. His current girlfriend, Natasha Stover, 20, is also charged with that crime.

Kevin Hoffman, an attorney who's representing Bordelon, said he understands the court's decision. The defense, he said, is handling the trial phase of the case first.

A spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office, Kyle King, said in a text message that the prosecution has not had a chance to review the order.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between York Daily Record and WITF.

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