Jonathan Luna

Jonathan Luna

Jonathan P. Luna (1965?–December 4, 2003) was a Baltimore-based Assistant United States Attorney who was stabbed 36 times with his own penknife and found drowned in a creek in Pennsylvania.

Personal background

Luna grew up in the projects in the South Bronx near Yankee Stadium. He was of African-American and Filipino ancestry. He was a graduate of Fordham University and the law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC in 1993–1994 and the Federal Trade Commission in 1994–1997. He worked as a prosecutor in Brooklyn before moving to Baltimore. He was married to an obstetrician and had two children. He was 38 years old when he died.

The night he died: Dec 3–4, 2003

* 11:38 pm: Luna left the Baltimore courthouse and went northeast on I-95. He used his E-ZPass on I-95 into Delaware but not on the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Turnpikes. After three toll interchanges, he switched to buying toll tickets.
* 12:57 am: $200 was withdrawn from Luna's bank account from the ATM at the JFK Plaza service center near Newark, Delaware.
* 02:47 am: he crossed the Delaware toll bridge to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
* 03:20 am: his debit card bought gas at the King of Prussia service plaza.
* 04:04 am: his car exited the turnpike at the Reading-Lancaster interchange. The toll ticket had a spot of his blood on it suggesting that he was already injured. His car was parked at the back of the Sensenig & Weaver Well Drilling company at 1439 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, Pennsylvania (Brecknock Township) before it was later driven into the creek.
* 05:00 am: the first employee of Sensenig & Weaver arrived.
* 05:30 am: the car was noticed, with its lights off and the front end into the stream. Blood was smeared over the driver's door and the front left of the car. Luna was face down in the stream under the car engine. He was wearing a suit and a black overcoat with his court ID around his neck. A pool of blood was found on the rear seat floor. Although stabbed 36 times with his own penknife around the chest and neck plus a head injury, the death was due to drowning.

No suspects or motive for murder was determined. The federal authorities lean towards calling it a suicide but the local Lancaster County authorities, including two successive coroners, ruled it a homicide. There is an unclaimed federal reward of $100,000 for information leading to a conviction.

Suicide theory

Luna was to take a polygraph test concerning $36,000 which disappeared from a bank robbery case that he had prosecuted.Fact|date=April 2008 Luna did not have the expected substantial defense wounds on his hands. Many of the wounds are shallow which are called "hesitation" wounds in a suicide victim. Luna had a charge card which his wife, Angela, did not know about.Fact|date=April 2008 His name was on an Internet dating site and he had a $25,000 credit card debt.Fact|date=April 2008 There's also an accidental suicide theory that Luna was fabricating a kidnapping and attack and that he went too far.Fact|date=April 2008

Homicide theory

Luna left his glasses, which he needed to drive, and his cell phone on his desk. He had called defense attorneys earlier in the night saying he would fax over documents that night but they never arrived. The pool of blood in the back seat would suggest Luna was in back and someone else was driving.Luna was at the time working under fired US attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio, "finding [Maryland Governor Robert] Ehrlich and lobbyist Jack Abramoff were DC Madam (Deborah Jeane Palfrey) clients" [ [http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_gustav_w_070524_dc_madam_scandal_wid.htm OpEdNews ] ]

Inquest

In early February 2007, a private investigator and an attorney, both hired by Luna's family, filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in order to force the Lancaster County coroner to conduct an inquest into Luna's death, after an earlier request was declined. [Citation | newspaper = The Examiner | date = 2007-02-26 | title = Attorney, PI ask for inquest in Md. prosecutor's death | url = http://www.examiner.com/a-586106~Attorney__PI_ask_for_inquest_in_Md__prosecutor_s_death.html] [cite news | publisher = WBAL Radio | url = http://wbal.com/news/story.asp?articleid=54479 | accessdate = 2007-02-26 | date = 2007-02-26 | title = Private Investigator Wants Jonathan Luna Case Reopened]

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