John Eichinger was sentenced to death by the State of Pennsylvania for four murders. According to court documents John Eichinger would stab to death three people in 1999 including that of a three year old child and would murder another woman in 2005. John Eichinger would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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Parole Number: 475EI
Date of Birth: 02/18/1972
Height: 6′ 00″
Current Location: PHOENIX
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Convicted serial killer John C. Eichinger, who murdered four people including a 3-year-old girl, is continuing his efforts to get off death row.
Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who personally prosecuted the former supermarket employee from New Jersey, maintained that the 35-year-old Eichinger should die for his crimes.
‘If anyone deserves, legally and morally, to die it is John Eichinger,’ said Castor Wednesday. ‘This case, with its multiplicity of murders, is the perfect case for the death penalty. He is the single most prolific killer in Montgomery County’s history.’
With the state Superior Court and state Supreme Court refusing his requests to overturn his death sentence, Eichinger has turned to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his petition, alleging that Judge William R. Carpenter erred in his sentencing instructions to the jury that subsequently returned with three death penalty verdicts.
Eichinger’s allegation that he did not receive a fair sentence is nonsense, according to county Assistant District Attorney Patricia E. Coonahan, who wrote and this week filed the county’s response to Eichinger’s petition to the country’s highest court.
‘The jury instructions that were given in this case are proper and sound,’ said Coonahan.
Eichinger was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die by lethal injection for the Good Friday stabbing deaths of 27-year-old Heather Greaves, her 23-year-old sister Lisa Greaves and Heather’s 3-year-old daughter Avery Johnson, at the Greaves family residence on Kingwood Road in King of Prussia in 2005.
He also was convicted of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of Jennifer Still in her Bridgeport apartment on July 6, 1999. He received the life sentence for that first murder.
Carpenter found Eichinger guilty of first-degree murder in all four cases following a brief trial in October 2005 in which Eichinger offered no defense.
The details of the murders were provided by statements that Eichinger gave authorities, letters he wrote from prison to one of his three brothers and a journal he kept.
Eichinger told authorities he had killed both Heather Greaves and Still because they spurned his romantic advances. Lisa Greaves and Avery Johnson had to die because they witnessed the slaying of Heather Greaves, Eichinger confessed.
Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for Still’s murder because there were no aggravating factors in that case. As a result, Eichinger received a mandatory life sentence without parole for that killing.
However, with Castor seeking the death penalty for the other three murders, John Eichinger opted to have a jury decide his fate. The jury, deliberating almost six hours following a three-day sentencing hearing in November 2005, returned with a verdict of death for each of the three murders.
In his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Eichinger claimed the judge made a mistake by not specifically instructing jurors that there is a ‘presumption of life imprisonment’ in the case unless the district attorney proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the sentence should be death.
‘The death penalty statute in Pennsylvania has been found constitutional in the past by the U.S. Supreme Court and we believe there is no constitutional requirement that explicit jury instructions be given on the presumption of life,’ said Assistant District Attorney Coonahan.