New investigation to look at 1998 murder case

The parents of a 13-year-old boy murdered in 1998 plan to announce a new investigation into the case that put their eldest son in prison for the crime.

Ron and Sue Witman will be joined by former NYPD homicide detective Jay Salpeter and retired Aberdeen, Md. police officer, George Matheis, Jr. at a news conference Wednesday, according to a news release from Soury Communications, a New York-based public relations firm.

Gregory Witman was stabbed to death October 2, 1998 inside his New Freedom home. His brother Zachary was 15 years old when he was arrested seven days later, and 20 years old when he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2003.

Prosecutors argued at trial that Zachary was linked to the murder through blood stains on his sweatshirt.

Zach and his parents have long maintained that investigators rushed to judgement. His argument for a new trial, based on a claim of ineffective counsel, is currently before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The Witmans and the investigators say new forensic evidence raises significant questions about the case. As part of the new investigation, they will announce a $100,000 reward and a confidential tip line for information about the murder and the police investigation.

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