Greg and Zach Witman
Gregory Witman, 13 years-old, was returning from school when he was brutally attacked from behind at the front door of his home in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1998. He did not even have time to remove his backpack, suffering approximately 100 stab wounds.
His 15 year-old brother, Zach, home sick and in his parent’s upstairs bedroom at the time of the attack, heard loud noises that he thought was roughhousing by some of the boys from Greg's school. Zach came downstairs, saw blood on the door and discovered his little brother with massive injuries. He immediately called 911.
Within a few days, after doing little investigation, the police charged Zach with the first-degree murder of his brother, Greg. There was no blood trail inside or outside of the home that was linked to Zachary, and no blood found on towels or in the drains. Police found bloody gloves and a knife buried outside of the house in a mound of dirt, approximately 10 hours after they arrived at the crime scene. None of Zach’s blood, DNA or fingerprints were found on the gloves or knife when tested by the state of Pennsylvania. In fact, every item of evidence collected excluded Zachary as a source of DNA.
Although Zach could have pled guilty and been released by 21, he always maintained his innocence and the love of his little brother. He was found guilty in a trial in which the state of Pennsylvania introduced highly questionable forensic “evidence.” And, evidence that could have supported Zach’s defense disappeared in police custody. Zach’s defense attorneys shockingly introduced no expert forensic witnesses to refute the fake science presented at trial against Zach.
Zach was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now, after almost 15 years in prison, the truth needs to come out about the rush to judgment and the wrongful conviction of Zach Witman, and the real killer(s) must be found. Sue and Ron Witman, the parents of the two boys, are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take a serious look at this case and grant Zach Witman a fair trial.
Timeline Disproves Prosecution Theory
On October 2, 1998, Greg, 13 years- old, arrives home approx. 3:10 pm.
Erynn Jeffery, Greg’s friend, calls the Witman home at 3:15 pm. Zach, 15 years old, home from school sick and sleeping in his parent’s bedroom, answers upstairs phone. He tells Jeffery that his brother has not arrived home as of yet.
Forensic Science Report Exposes Reasonable Doubt in Witman Case
"...No conclusive scientific evidence exists which signify Zachary committed this crime...."
Zach Witman: 'Take a second look'
The 27-year-old, serving life in prison, says he didn't kill his brother in 1998. His parents say evidence not heard at trial could help clear him if a court grants him a new trial.
By Rick Lee and Teresa Ann Boeckel, Daily Record/Sunday News, 12/21/2010 06:24:04 PM EST