- Associated Press - Sunday, March 8, 2015

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman convicted of third-degree murder in a beating death almost a decade and a half ago is seeking a new trial, alleging that a witness lied and forensic science used to link her to the victim has been debunked.

Thirty-seven-year-old Crystal Dawn Weimer of Connellsville is serving a 15- to 30-year sentence following her conviction in Fayette County in the January 2001 death of 21-year-old Curtis Haith.

Authorities alleged that Weimer arranged for three men to beat Haith to death in front of his apartment with a baseball bat and a crowbar.

Weimer has repeatedly proclaimed her innocence. The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (https://bit.ly/1GvgVkT ) reports that the appeal alleges that a key witness provided false testimony and the science used to identify a bite mark is now disputed.

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Information from: Herald-Standard, https://www.heraldstandard.com/

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