Pa. family hires detective to probe brother murder

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YORK – The family of a Pennsylvania man serving a life sentence for murdering his younger, 13-year-old brother in 1998 has hired a private detective to investigate the case and is offering a $100,000 reward to help find the person they believe to be the real killer.


The York Dispatch on Friday said the family of Zachary Witman, the New Freedom man who is now 29 years old, has hired private eye Jay Salpeter, a former New York City homicide detective.


Witman was 15 when he killed his brother Gregory by stabbing, slashing and nearly decapitating the younger teen in their home.


The family has long maintained Witman’s innocence despite his 2003 first-degree murder conviction.


Ron Witman says he’s hoping the reward will help generate new evidence to free his son.


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