When Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Selber walked out of the city's Criminal Justice Center last Thursday after the guilty verdicts and sentencings in the 2009 Piazza at Schmidts double-murder trial, it was her last time in court as a homicide prosecutor.
Beginning today, Selber, 41, becomes chief of the homicide division in the office of District Attorney Seth Williams. Earlier this year, Selber, a prosecutor for 12 years, was one of the prosecutors on the high-profile trial of three people in the starvation death of Danieal Kelly, the 14-year-old West Philadelphia girl with cerebral palsy.
According to Williams' spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson, Selber replaces Ann Ponterio, 52, a prosecutor since 1984 and a veteran administrator who will fill a new job as chief of performance and policy, monitoring the office's performance and statistical reports. Veteran homicide prosecutor Edward Cameron, 58, remains as deputy chief of homicide.