Beaver County newlywed charged with shooting niece freed on bail

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A Beaver County newlywed has been granted bail while awaiting trial on charges in the shooting death of her niece.

Christina George-Harvan, 30, of Conway is charged with homicide in the April 24 death of 21-year-old Katelyn Francis of Fairmont, W.Va., in New Brighton.

Police said the newlyweds, who married earlier in the day, were with Francis at a bar and got into an argument about who should drive home.

Judge Harry Knafelc said after a brief hearing Thursday that he had no doubt that “this is not a capital case,” and therefore the defendant was entitled to bail. He set bail at $5,000 and ordered the defendant to surrender her passport, have no contact with the victim’s family and be subject to electronic monitoring. Defense attorney Stephen Colafella said a relative posted bail for her immediately.

Mr. Colafella called the shooting a “horrible, horrible accident” that occurred when his client tried to move the gun.


First Published May 23, 2014 8:32 AM


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