Court denies new trial for man who stabbed Lancaster woman in home invasion

Elswart Bodden (submitted)
Elswart Bodden (submitted)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Columbia man serving up to 95 years in state prison for breaking into a Lancaster woman’s home and stabbing her 25 times will not get a new trial.

Elswart R. Bodden, 25, claimed he should have been allowed funds for an eyewitness identification expert at trial, but Pennsylvania Superior Court rejected his argument on Thursday. The court said prosecutors presented ample evidence to link Bodden to his crimes, other than the victim identifying him as her attacker.

Prosecutors said Bodden left a cell phone and charger at the victim’s home, his fingerprints were found on pack of cigarettes left outside the woman’s apartment window, his DNA was on a cigarette butt, his fingerprints were on a gun stolen from the apartment, and the victim’s blood and DNA was on Bodden’s clothing.

Police saw Bodden fleeing the apartment, and he admitted he broke into the apartment and stole the gun and money.

The 30-year-old woman testified at trial that Bodden broke into her West Orange Street apartment while she was alone and stabbed her repeatedly during an hour-long attack. She survived by crawling to her cell phone and calling 911 after Bodden fled.

Bodden, who didn’t know the woman, is serving 37½ to 95 years for attempted murder, robbery, and other charges.

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