Kornberger murder trial begins

February 26, 2008 4:11:18 PM PST
Opening statements and the beginning of testimony marked the start of the Christopher Kornberger murder trial Tuesday morning in Burlington County superior court in Mount Holly, New Jersey. The trial started almost 5 years after the rape and murder of Krista DiFrancesco. The mother of an 8-month-old girl was attacked just feet away from her Marlton townhouse. This afternoon her husband Bill took the stand.

Bill DiFrancesco described the morning his 24-year-old wife was found bloodied and partially nude. Krista was attacked at 2:30 on the morning of May 10, 2003. She was removed from life support just after midnight on the 12th. Her family did not want her to die on Mother's Day.

23-year-old Christopher Kornberger is charged with her rape and murder.

Assistant Prosecutor James Ronca told the jury that DNA and a confession led to Kornberger's arrest. The defense attorney however said the DNA was contaminated and the alleged confession is incomplete.

Among the prosecution witnesses today was Sean Lamon who said he heard someone say "help me" in the middle of the night, but he didn't see anything outside so he didn't call 911. Thinking it might have been kids. At 6:30 a.m. as he left for a fishing trip he saw Krista DiFrancesco... still alive.

Kornberger is also charged with the attempted assault of a jogger and last week he pleaded guilty to attacking another woman. Both were from Evesham Township and both will testify in this trial. He's already been sentenced to 18 years for attacking a Camden County woman.