Philadelphia, PA —A Philadelphia jury has convicted a handyman of the stabbing death of a retired Villanova Professor. On Monday, a judge sentenced the 48-year-old José Diaz to a mandatory term of life in prison with no parole.
Diaz 48, of Hansberry Street in Philadelphia, was looking for money for drugs when Armbruster surprised him in her apartment said the prosecution. Diaz repeatedly stabbed and beat Carol Armbruster, a former assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the private Catholic University.
The scene was described as "horribly bloody" by the prosecutor. She'd been stabbed with a butcher knife that remained embedded in her neck when her body was discovered.
Pictures of boot prints in the blood were displayed in court, and at one point Philadelphia prosecutor Mark Levenberg says those bloody boot prints and DNA link Diaz to the murder.
"Jose Diaz, his boots had the victim's blood on them. They were found in his house — the footprint matches. There is no question that Jose Diaz committed this crime."
The defense made the argument that Armbruster's roommate had killed her. The jury swept this argument aside.
The jury spent just 30 minutes before finding Diaz guilty of murder, robbery and other charges related to the 2013 cold-blooded murder of the former Professor in her Germantown apartment.
Armbruster was 69 years old when her life was taken, and she taught at Villanova University from 1987 until her retirement in 2011.
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