Philly man convicted for beating woman in wheelchair to death, hiding her body

Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A city jury has convicted a Philadelphia man of murder in the beating death of a woman in a wheelchair. 

Eric Mackey remained quiet as the jury read out that he was guilty of first-degree murder in the beating death of 61-year-old Elba Monroig, who was sick, going blind and in a wheelchair. 

Mackey had been living with Monroig and helping her to get around. 

Monroig’s badly decomposed body was found wrapped in blankets in her own basement in October 2017. Her family says the she let her guard down for Mackey, giving him a place to stay after he got out of jail.

"The defendant preyed on an elderly woman with significant medical issues, she was wheelchair-bound," said prosecutor Courtney Malloy. "She trusted him to care for her, but instead he ended her life in the cruelest way possible. "

Malloy called crime scene officers to the stand to go through blood stains found in the house and showed surveillance video of the pair going to the bank hours before they believe she was bludgeoned the victim in the head with a hammer.

"We had a confession from the defendant through a witness that he was cellmates with, and he confessed to the entire murder including getting rid of the murder weapon," Malloy said. 

Mackey’s defense attorney Leon Goodman said the case was full of holes and they have the wrong guy. 

"There was no actual evidence showing he committed this horrible offense," Goodman said. "My client from the beginning maintains his innocence and still maintains his innocence."

Goodman said Mackey plans to appeal his conviction. 

Judge Glenn Bronson sentenced the 47-year-old to the automatic life in prison for what he called an “outrageous” and “horrible” crime, tacking on additional years for abuse of corpse and weapon charges.