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April 26, 2014

Fairview native Francis shot, killed

Allegedly by her aunt following Pennsylvania wedding celebration

FAIRMONT — A newlywed woman allegedly shot and killed her niece, Katelyn Francis, 21, a Fairview native, Thursday following the wedding celebration.

The shooting, according to the police report, took place in the bar parking lot after an argument over who would drive home.

The crime occurred Thursday in New Brighton, Pa., a borough 28 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Christina George, 30, of Conway, Pa. has been charged with criminal homicide and other crimes in connection with the shooting.

According to the police report by the New Brighton Area Police Department, Christina George and Jeremy Harvan had gotten married earlier that day. George and Harvan were out at Jimmy K’s bar with Francis celebrating the recent wedding.

According to the report, a verbal argument broke out among George, Harvan and Francis over who would drive, due to Harvan’s intoxication.

Allegedly, George took her husband’s 9mm Glock, and shot Francis.

At around 9:52 p.m., police were dispatched to the parking lot adjacent to Jimmy K’s bar for a reported gun shot in the parking lot.

There they found Francis, George and Harvan.

Francis was flown to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh due to the severity of her injuries. She was pronounced dead early Friday morning.

According to court documents, George was taken into custody at the scene by arresting officer Ronald J. Walton. She has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal homicide and reckless endangering of another person.

George has been denied bail, and is being held at Beaver County Prison. The preliminary arraignment was held Friday at 7:32 a.m., and the preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, May 2 at 9 a.m., with Magisterial District Judge Edward Howe presiding.

No lawyer was listed on court documents, and George has not requested a public defender.

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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