Penn. newlywed accused of shooting her niece dead after wedding reception
Penn. woman accused of shooting niece dead after wedding reception [WTAE-TV]

A 30-year-old newlywed Pennsylvania woman is accused of shooting her niece dead following an argument over driving home from her wedding reception, WTAE-TV reported.


Christina George-Harvan was charged with criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person and two counts of aggravated assault on Thursday in connection with the death of 21-year-old Katelyn Francis. Police found Francis on the ground in the parking lot of a New Brighton bar with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. She died after being hospitalized.

Authorities said George-Harvan and her husband, Jeremy Harvan, were at the bar that night celebrating their wedding with Francis and other family members. After leaving the establishment, the couple and Francis allegedly got into an argument over who would drive home, since Harvan was in no condition to do so.

"We believe all three were arguing over who was going to be the designated driver," New Brighton Police Chief Charles Van Fossan was quoted as saying.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Harven told police that his wife then pulled a 9 mm Glock pistol out of his truck's center console and shot Francis.

The suspect is being held in Beaver County jail without bail. She is scheduled for a court appearance on May 2.

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