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Predicting and Preventing Wrongful Convictions

National Institute of Justice


Why are innocent people wrongfully convicted in certain cases yet acquitted in others? Could policy interventions prevent future erroneous convictions? NIJ-funded researchers at American University studied 460 violent felonies that occurred between 1980 and 2012 to find the answers.

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Analyzing Witman murder weapon

Video: Knife expert George Matheis analyzes the type of weapon prosecutors said was used to murder Gregory Witman

Witman team: 'Faux' scientific evidence used in original investigation

Daily Record/Sunday News, By Rick Lee

Updated: 04/01/2013 07:06:01 AM EDT

Sue Witman said she is hopeful a private investigation into her son's 1998 murder will lead to the freedom of her other son who was convicted of that murder in 2003.

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Zachary Witman's former defense attorney pleased about private investigation

David McGlaughlin said he believes Zachary is innocent.

Daily Record/Sunday News, By Teresa Ann Boeckel

03/30/2013

York, PA - Attorney David McGlaughlin, who represented Zachary Witman at trial, says it's about time that a new, private investigation be done in the murder of 13-year-old Gregory Witman.

Zach Witman was arrested a week after his younger brother's murder on Oct. 2, 1998 in New Freedom. He was later convicted in the homicide and is serving life in prison without parole.

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Witmans stuck in a living hell

Daily Record/Sunday News, By Mike Argento

Updated: 03/28/2013 01:51:29 PM EDT

Sue Witman, standing at a podium in front of a packed room at the Yorktowne Hotel, was talking about her family, or what was left of it, when she mentioned that she and her husband, Ron, had been married 35 years....

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Witman family believes boy’s killer has not been found; $100K reward

FOX43, By Michael Hyland

A 13-year-old was stabbed more than 80 times. His older brother was convicted of the murder. But is the killer still out there?

Their parents believe so.

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Team probing Witman murder criticizes police investigation

The York Dispatch, by Liz Evans Scolforo

Updated: 03/28/2013 07:17:04 AM EDT

Zachary Witman was convicted on "faux science," according to a media expert from New York City who is part of a team privately reinvestigating the 1998 murder of Witman's 13-year-old brother, Greg Witman.

"Zach deserves a new trial," said Lonnie Soury of Soury Communications Inc. "He deserves a fair trial."

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Retired NYC homicide cop says Witman fratricide case needs to be reopened

The York Dispatch, By Liz Evans Scolforo

Yorkdispactch.com

Updated: 03/28/2013 07:17:22 AM EDT

A retired New York City homicide detective who has helped free two men wrongfully convicted of murder in cases that drew national attention is now investigating the murder conviction of Zachary Witman.

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Retired NYC homicide cop says Witman fratricide case needs to be reopened

LIZ EVANS SCOLFORO The York Dispatch, 505-5429 / @ydcrimetime, Updated: 03/27/2013 05:03:17 PM EDT

A retired New York City homicide detective who has helped free two men wrongfully convicted of murder in cases that drew national attention is now investigating the murder conviction of Zachary Witman.

VIDEO - Witman team: A reward for new information about murder

Yorkblog.com

03/27/2013

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Parents offer $100,000 reward in son's killing

Witman family wants 1998 case reopened

WGAL News 8

03/27/2013

The parents of a York County murder victim and the suspect want the case reopened 15 years after the crime.

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Parents looking for new investigation in 1998 Witman murder case

witf.org, by Craig Layne and Megan Lello

03/27/2013

(York) -- A York County couple is hoping a new investigation into the 1998 murder of their youngest boy clears his older brother of the killing.

Zachary Witman was convicted in 2003 of the first degree murder of his 13-year-old brother, Gregory.

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Man in prison for the death of his brother is innocent, his parents say and they want to prove it

CBS 21, By Christina Butler

03/27/2013

A set of parents in York County refuse to give up the fight for what they call justice for their son.

Their son, Zack Witman is serving a life sentence for the murder of their other son back in 1998. However, they don’t believe he is the one who did it.

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Fighting to free Zach Witman

The Gun Toting journalist packin’ Nikons and Pistols 

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Family of 15-year-old murder case still looking for answers

FOX43, By Michael Gorsegner

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Family fighting to clear convicted killer Zachary Witman

ABC 25, By Janel Knight

NEW FREEDOM, Pa. (WHTM) - The family of a convicted killer wants to clear his name and has launched their own investigation.

Zachary Witman was 15-years-old when he was charged with stabbing his 13-year-old brother, Gregory, to death back in 1998 in their New Freedom home. He was later convicted of the crime.

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Video: A letter from Zach Witman

Yorkblog.com

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Witman team zeroes in on ’98 murder case

The Evening Sun

03/23/2013

Zachary Witman deserves a new trial, Lonnie Soury, a media expert from New York who has worked on wrongful conviction cases, said Friday afternoon.

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York County couple struggle with one son's murder, the other son's life sentence for it

York, Pa. — Ronald and Amelia “Sue” Witman still live in the middle-class, suburban New Freedom home where their 13-year-old son, Gregory, was murdered on Oct. 2, 1998. Their older son is in jail for the killing.

The Associated Press, Saturday, January 01, 2011, 1:20 PM

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

Family: DNA from untested evidence could identify killer

Testing Greg's clipped fingernails would cost $1,000 per nail, the Witmans said.

By Rick Lee and Teresa Ann Boeckel, Daily Record/Sunday News York Daily Record/Sunday News, 12/21/2010

'Could that decapitate someone?'

The Witmans said the knife couldn't have been used. But the prosecutor said, 'It's more than possible. It happened.'

By Rick Lee and Teresa Ann Boeckel, Daily Record/Sunday News, 12/18/2010 10:34:48 PM EST

Witman family friend prays for a new trial

Despite the 'injustice' done, Zach's not angry, she said

By Teresa Ann Boeckel, Daily Record/Sunday News, 12/17/2010 09:41:21 PM EST

Court: No new trial for killer Zachary Witman

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has overturned a ruling by York County Judge John C. Uhler granting Zachary Paul Witman a new trial for the 1998 murder of his brother.

By Rick Lee, Daily Record/Sunday News, 03/18/2009 07:36:28 AM EDT

Zachary Witman's defense team reviews options

The York County District Attorney's office has begun the appeal process challenging Judge John C. Uhler's decision to grant Witman, 24, a new trial in the 1998 death of his 13-year-old brother, Gregory.

Kathy Stevens, The York Dispatch, 12/24/2007, 11:16 am EST