WILKES-BARRE – Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing his girlfriend last year.
A team of Luzerne County prosecutors filed notice Friday afternoon that they will seek the penalty for Bobby Lee Komrowski, who allegedly killed Amy Comly, because she had a protection-from-abuse order against him at the time.
Police charged Komrowski, 49, of White Haven, with homicide after he was found standing near Comly’s body inside their home on Autumn Drive in Foster Township Oct. 10.
Police suspect Komrowski killed Comly, 31, hours after he was served with the PFA. He later confessed to killing her, police said.
The recorded confession detailed how Komrowski admitted he stabbed Comly at least six times, stood over her bleeding body and kicked her in the face. Komrowski said Comly didn’t threaten or attack him, according to the confession.
Police said Comly was stabbed with a silver kitchen knife that was 8 to 10 inches long.
Komrowski is scheduled to be formally arraigned on the homicide charge Monday before Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Toole, who will likely schedule a trial date.
At trial, prosecutors will first have to convict Komrowski of first-degree murder. If a jury convicts Komrowski of first-degree murder, the case will move to a penalty phase.
There, prosecutors will present evidence of an aggravating circumstance, or a factor in the case that shows Komrowski deserves to be put to death in the slaying. In Komrowski’s case, prosecutors said they have one aggravating circumstance, that Komrowski killed Comly while she had a PFA against him.
Komrowski’s attorneys will present evidence of mitigating circumstances, or factors in the case that show a sentence of life in prison would be more appropriate.
The same jury that decided Komrowski’s guilt would then deliberate and weigh the aggravating and mitigating circumstances to decide whether Komrowski should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
The decision has to be unanimous. If the jury deadlocks, a judge would have to sentence Komrowski to life.
One of Komrowski’s attorneys, First Assistant Public Defender Al Flora, said he had not yet seen the filing as of late Friday afternoon. He said the defense team was waiting to see if prosecutors would seek the death penalty, and they will now prepare to defend the case.