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September 5, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County Court judge denied the latest death-penalty appeal from Arthur J. Bomar, who was convicted of killing college athlete Aimee Willard in 1996, the district attorney announced Tuesday. Judge Frank T. Hazel issued a 213-page opinion addressing 22 claims by Bomar in his appeal, making any future appeals on the same grounds more difficult. The case has already been appealed to the state Supreme Court. District Attorney Jack Whelan on Tuesday called Bomar "every parent's worst nightmare.
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September 24, 1998 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
Suggestions were made yesterday during Arthur Bomar's murder trial that Aimee Willard may not have been raped and beaten to death. A fleeting glimpse was caught of how Bomar may defend himself during defense attorney Mark Much's questioning of the Philadelphia medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Willard's battered body. Much appeared to be cutting several alternative routes to the prosecution's contention that Bomar abducted Willard, raped her, then bludgeoned her to death.
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November 26, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
ARTHUR BOMAR - convicted in 1998 of kidnapping, brutalizing and fatally beating star college athlete Aimee Willard and then dumping her naked body in a weed-strewn North Philadelphia lot - should face death for the horrific slaying, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled for the second time. The ruling Friday denying a Post Conviction Relief Act petition by Bomar affirmed a September 2012 ruling by Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Frank T. Hazel. Hazel had found numerous claims by Bomar to be meritless, including that he was not competent to stand trial and that his defense counsel was ineffective, according to a statement released yesterday by the Delaware County District Attorney.
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September 13, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I WAS DIGGING MY WAY through an overgrown vacant lot full of scurrying somethings that I chose to think were bunnies when Joetta Johnson's voice pierced through the thick brush. "Say something so I know you didn't get lost in there," she called out. Moments earlier, Johnson was giving me a walking tour of some of the empty lots in her North Philly neighborhood when she offhandedly mentioned that the one in the roughest shape, at 16th and Indiana, was once a park dedicated to murder victim Aimee Willard.
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December 19, 1997 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Arthur Bomar, charged last week with killing college athlete Aimee Willard, yesterday got a new attorney and a new date for a preliminary hearing. The date is Jan. 9, at the Delaware County Courthouse; the attorney is Mark P. Much, 35, a lawyer in Media who was assigned to the case yesterday morning by Judge Frank P. Hazel, who will oversee the Willard matter. Much met Bomar, 38, at the courthouse yesterday, shortly before a 2-minute hearing before District Justice David Lang.
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January 10, 1997 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Investigators in the Aimee Willard murder probe are searching for a second tow-truck driver, sources said yesterday. The driver, described as a white man operating a gray tow truck pulling a white van, was seen parked from 6 to 8:30 a.m. on the Route 1 north ramp to I-476, opposite the one where Willard's car was abandoned, on the morning of her disappearance. It is yet another avenue investigators are pursuing in the nearly seven-month-old murder, but it is not new information, the sources said.
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January 17, 1998 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Delaware County judge yesterday declared Arthur Bomar competent to stand trial in the murder of Aimee Willard and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Friday. Judge Frank T. Hazel made his ruling after a five-minute court session in which Bomar's lawyer, Mark P. Much, said he had no objections with the findings of court-appointed psychiatrist Robert L. Sadoff. "I attended the examination, I'm familiar with Dr. Sadoff, and I'm comfortable with the recommendation that he made," Much said later.
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March 20, 1999 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A bill named after slain college athlete Aimee Willard and designed to keep murderers and other violent offenders from early prison release was introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday by Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.). Called Aimee's Law, it would provide financial penalties for states that release a criminal who then commits a violent crime in another state. Willard, 22, of Brookhaven, a lacrosse and soccer star at George Mason University in Virginia, was abducted, raped and murdered in June 1996 by Arthur Bomar, who was on parole for murder in Nevada.
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November 14, 1996 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Investigators in the Aimee Willard slaying case want to talk some more to Upper Providence Police Officer David Buggy about his activities on the morning of her death, sources close to the investigation say. Buggy recently told the township police chief and investigators that early on June 20, he stopped near an ambulance crew that had parked next to Willard's car, which appeared to have been abandoned on the southbound off-ramp of Exit 3...
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July 9, 1998 | By Blair Clarkson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Arthur Bomar's fate will be decided by a jury brought from Westmoreland County, outside Pittsburgh, the state Supreme Court has ordered. The order, which was released yesterday, comes after a ruling by Delaware County Court Judge Frank T. Hazel that the jurors should be picked from another county because of extensive publicity. Bomar's attorney, Mark Much, had sought to have the trial held elsewhere. Instead, the Westmoreland jury, once selected, will be brought to Delaware County to hear the case.
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November 18, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
JASON CULLER'S heart sank as he read about the kids who found the corpses of two newborn babies in an alley behind a North Philly car lot on Saturday. It's disturbing enough that babies were dumped like garbage. But Culler's thoughts kept going back to the 9- and 12-year-olds who made the gruesome discovery of the baby boy and girl. Twenty years ago Culler was in their shoes. And now, as he watched an all-too-familiar scene of reporters circling a 9-year-old boy who detailed his shocking find, Culler hoped the young boy would get the help that he hadn't.
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November 26, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
ARTHUR BOMAR - convicted in 1998 of kidnapping, brutalizing and fatally beating star college athlete Aimee Willard and then dumping her naked body in a weed-strewn North Philadelphia lot - should face death for the horrific slaying, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled for the second time. The ruling Friday denying a Post Conviction Relief Act petition by Bomar affirmed a September 2012 ruling by Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Frank T. Hazel. Hazel had found numerous claims by Bomar to be meritless, including that he was not competent to stand trial and that his defense counsel was ineffective, according to a statement released yesterday by the Delaware County District Attorney.
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November 27, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THERE IS nothing to distinguish the empty lot on the corner of 16th and Indiana from any of the other empty lots in North Philly - except that nearly two decades after the body of a young woman was discovered there, the death continues to bind a family to a neighborhood. The tables at the nearby HERO community center on 17th Street were decorated Saturday with sunflowers, Aimee Willard's favorites. Willard was a 22-year-old college lacrosse star from suburban Philadelphia who was kidnapped, raped and killed by a paroled murderer in 1996.
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October 16, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
FIND THE BOYS, Gail Willard said. I had called Willard after coming across an overgrown empty lot in North Philly that was once a memorial park for her daughter. In 1996, Aimee Willard, a 22-year-old college lacrosse star from suburban Philadelphia, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a paroled murderer. Her body was discovered by some neighborhood boys who often played in the trash-strewn lot at 16th and Indiana. After the discovery, it was transformed into a community oasis, a garden where neighbors gathered, and at least one couple was married.
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September 13, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I WAS DIGGING MY WAY through an overgrown vacant lot full of scurrying somethings that I chose to think were bunnies when Joetta Johnson's voice pierced through the thick brush. "Say something so I know you didn't get lost in there," she called out. Moments earlier, Johnson was giving me a walking tour of some of the empty lots in her North Philly neighborhood when she offhandedly mentioned that the one in the roughest shape, at 16th and Indiana, was once a park dedicated to murder victim Aimee Willard.
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September 5, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Delaware County Court judge denied the latest death-penalty appeal from Arthur J. Bomar, who was convicted of killing college athlete Aimee Willard in 1996, the district attorney announced Tuesday. Judge Frank T. Hazel issued a 213-page opinion addressing 22 claims by Bomar in his appeal, making any future appeals on the same grounds more difficult. The case has already been appealed to the state Supreme Court. District Attorney Jack Whelan on Tuesday called Bomar "every parent's worst nightmare.
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September 5, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County Court judge denied the latest death-penalty appeal from Arthur J. Bomar, who was convicted of killing college athlete Aimee Willard in 1996, the district attorney announced Tuesday. Judge Frank T. Hazel issued a 213-page opinion addressing 22 claims by Bomar in his appeal, making any future appeals on the same grounds more difficult. The case has already been appealed to the state Supreme Court. District Attorney Jack Whelan on Tuesday called Bomar "every parent's worst nightmare.
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January 31, 2011 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
THE PRETTY little girl fell for one of the ruses that sex offenders use to lure their prey into the horror of their creepy passions. Jesse K. Timmendequas, a convicted sex offender, told the 7-year-old girl who lived across the street from him in Hamilton Township, N.J., that he wanted to show her a puppy. Megan Kanka went into the man's house on that warm Friday night in June 1994 to see the nonexistent puppy and was brutally raped and savagely murdered. Sometime during the attack, the feisty little girl managed to bite Timmendequas on his right hand with enough force that it was still swollen when police questioned him. That bite mark became a crucial piece of evidence at Timmendequas' trial when forensic dentist Haskell Askin demonstrated to a Mercer County jury how the bite mark was made by Megan's teeth.
NEWS
January 18, 2011
YOUR RECENT report that nearly one in four high school graduates can't pass the Army's basic exam for math, reading and problem-solving is only the tip of the iceberg for recruiting in Philadelphia. Philadelphia's high dropout, obesity, and juvenile-crime rates have made most of the city's young people (80-90 percent) ineligible for service. As a former chief of staff of the Army Recruiting Command, I know firsthand how few young Philadelphians who seek to serve are actually eligible to do so. This is not only a tragic loss of opportunity for potential recruits who are ready, willing, but unable to serve - it's also a future recruitment concern and thereby a threat to national security.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
A Philadelphia man has been charged with harassing and stalking the family of Aimee Willard, the Delaware County woman killed in 1996 on a Blue Route off-ramp. Eric Jorgensen, 39, of the 600 block of Gerritt Avenue, has allegedly been harassing the family of the college lacrosse star since she was killed. In December, according to court papers, Jorgensen allegedly made harassing phone calls to Gail Willard, Aimee's mother, wishing her a merry Christmas and indicating he had taken pictures of her grandchildren.
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