Violated Parolee Goes Under Radar: Arthur Bomar Story
Aimee Ellen Willard was born on June 8, 1974. She was known as a college lacrosse player who was ultimately killed near the state of Philadelphia on June 20, 1996, when she was making her way back home from hanging out with her friends.
Willards car would be left on with the driver’s side door open and the lights on. It was located on the off-ramp of Exit 5 near Interstate 476.
Willard’s body would be discovered the very next day about 17 miles away in North Philadelphia. Willard would have been beaten to death with what appeared to be a tire iron.
This beaten that Willard would have taken was so severe that her skull showed she had many fractures.
Prior to her case being solved, her case would be showcased on Unsolved Mysteries, The New Detectives, and Cold Case Files. Her murder case along with its investigation would also be on one episode of the Forensic Files called “The Dark Side of Parole.”
Suspect and Investigation
Aimee Ellen Willard murder case would not see any movement for the next two years. However, during this two-year period that did not mean the authorities were doing nothing with the case. Because during this time, there was many suspects and many theories being closely investigated.
Aimee Ellen Willard would re-open just as other women in the state of Pennsylvania was struck from behind while she was driving home alone during the nighttime hours. The driver of the other car was trying to get her to stop and pullover, but she was not having it, she chose to remember the license plate number and keep on driving.
This license plate number this lady sat there and memorized was registered to an Arthur Bomar, however, the car officially belonged to a Maria Cabuenos, who was yet another woman who lived in the state of Pennsylvania. But Cabuenos was reported missing to the state of Pennsylvania back in March of 1998.
However, Bomar’s real car that his license plate was registered to was discovered in a local junkyard.
When investigators discovered Bomar’s car, they found that the oil pan had the same consistent pattern that was discovered on Willard’s back. However, Willard’s hair and blood were also discovered in Cabuenos’ car as well, which was just another car that Bomar was operating.
The DNA evidence pointed to the fact that Arthur Bomar was the murderer in the Willard’s case. Bomar was also an ex-convict who was already charged and even convicted of a 1979 murder in Nevada. He was officially paroled in 1990. However, during Bomar’s parole, he would continually violate his guidelines, which would typically have sent him right back to the state of Nevada, but Nevada dropped the ball on the financing and arranging to send him back to jail.
In the case of Aimee Ellen Willard, Bomar would be convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, rape, abuse of the corpse, and assault. Bomar would be given the death sentence.
However, in the case of Maria Cabuenos, Bomar was never charged or tried. Cabuenos remains were not located until after Bomar was already convicted with Willard’s death.
The theory stands that Bomar hit Willard’s car on the night of her murder to have her pull over to inspect the damage. Just like the other Pennsylvania woman had described. However, ultimately Bomar states that he has had no role in any of these crimes, and the state of Pennsylvania is targeting him because of his race.
In the case of the lacrosse college athlete, Aimee Ellen Willard, who was kidnapped from her car just off the off-ramp on the highway, was beaten, raped, and then dumped in an empty Philadelphia lot.
Arthur Bomar was found guilty on all counts. Bomar did not even react when he heard he would be sentenced to death in this case.
Bomar would be found guilty of rape, first-degree murder, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and assault. However, Bomar would not be guilty of having a criminal instrument though.
It only took jurors two hours during the first evening and three hours the following morning before they came to the guilty verdict.
When the verdict was read Willard’s friends and family cried. Willard’s biological parents, who were divorced, Paul and Gail both embraced one another for several minutes after the divorce.
Medical experts during the trial would testify that Bomar’s DNA was a match to the DNA from the sperm that was in Willard’s body.
Even two prison inmates alongside Bomar’s former fiancé would testify in the courtroom that Bomar told them that he was the killer of Willard.
Bomar did not have any established alibi for the time of the murder.
Prosecutors theorized that Bomar had ran into Willard’s car to get her to pull over alongside the off-ramp near the interstate. Willard that night was on the way home from hanging out with a few friends at the Delaware County Bar.
Once Willard would have pulled over, this is when Bomar would have beaten her with the tire iron.
The trial against Bomar lasted eight days.
Edwin Lieberman, the assistant medical examiner stated that he was the one that performed the autopsy on Aimee and discovered that she had many severe injuries on her skull that was highly consistent with being beaten down with what appears to be a tire iron.
Aimee would be discovered by a group of teens covered by leaves, but ultimately naked in an empty lot in North Philadelphia just 17 miles away from where her car was left.
When the jury was deliberating the jury did not know that Bomar was a paroled murderer. The jury did not know he was already convicted of a murder in the state of Nevada over a simple parking spot. They did not know he was already convicted of a second-degree murder and had a sentence that was five years to life in a state of Nevada prison.
Bomar was officially paroled in 1990 just after serving a little over 11 years in the Nevada prison system.
Shortly after being paroled, Bomar would move to the state of Pennsylvania where he was just arrested less than a year later for harassment and assault.
Bomar was never brought back to Nevada on any of his parole violations despite him getting arrested at least four times between the years of 1991 to 1996.
Reyn Johnson who worked with the Nevada Parole and Probation Warrants Unit stated that the Nevada authorities stated at one point that they wanted Bomar to return to the state, and even went as far as to purchase a plane ticket, so he can come back and be incarcerated on all of his potential parole violations.
But, ultimately, after his female victim in that assault case passed away from natural causes, both Nevada and Pennsylvania decided together that Bomar could stay in the state of Pennsylvania.
The jurors in the case also did not have prior knowledge that Bomar was also a suspect in yet another murder case in Pennsylvania. At the time Bomar was found to be a suspect in Willard’s case, he was driving Maria Cabuenos’ car when he was officially arrested in July of 1997 for burglary and question regarding the Willard case.
However, Cabuenos was missing from months earlier and ultimately her body was in Bucks County within a wooded area.
In the case of the 1996 murder and rape of Aimee Ellen Willard, Bomar was given the death sentence.
An appeal that was sent in by Bomar allowed to have proceedings through Michael M. Baylson the United States District Judge.
On August 10, Bomar’s attorneys officially filed their motivations. Bayson then ruled a few days later.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court officially still upheld Bomar’s death sentence back in 2003, but they also decided on having a lower court to resentence Bomar on his conviction of kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and rape.
Ultimately, this order did not affect his death penalty sentence. The Governor of Pennsylvania Rendell signed Bomar’s execution warrant as well.
Aimee’s Legacy and Life
Aimee Ellen Willard attended the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and was a lacrosse player. She also later attended George Mason University as well.
Then in 1996, Willard was leading the Colonial Athletic Association when she scored fifty goals along with twenty-nine assists. Willard was named at the All-Conference Team in lacrosse and soccer and to the All-American team in the southeast region of that very year. The United States Lacrosse even went as far as making a national award in her honor.
Because many of the bureaucratic issues that ultimately kept Bomar as a free man to commit these murders, this is when the United States Congress passed Aimee’s Law or better known as the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. This act was passed under President Bill Clinton term in October of 2000.
This law will encourage the states to keep rapists, child molesters, murderers, and like behind bars for a longer period. The law also holds the states financially accountable if they fail to follow these guidelines.
However, it also will allow the interstate parole violators to be put in a jail in the state where they are currently residing, but at the financial responsibility of the state where their original offense took place.