Parents looking for new investigation in 1998 Witman murder case

Written by Craig Layne and Megan Lello | Mar 27, 2013 2:45 PM

(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.

Witman, who is now 27, is serving life without parole.

He was 15 when the crime was committed at the family's home in New Freedom.

The boys’ parents, former police officers and self-described "innocence advocate" Lonnie Soury say new evidence and mistakes by police and by Zachary's lawyers should exonerate him.

He says the group has set up a website and hotline seeking more information.

"In every wrongful conviction, the perpetrator is either still living in our community or is out there," Soury says. "There are people in New Freedom who have information about this case. They may not know it's pertinent. We're asking them to come forward."

Soury, who worked on the high-profile West Memphis Three case, says an anonymous donor is offering $100,000 in reward money leading to a person he dubbed "the real killer."

Witman is seeking a new trial before the state Supreme Court on grounds his lawyers were ineffective.

The York Daily Record/York Sunday News has reported extensively on the case.

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