- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman who says she was wrongfully convicted of killing her boyfriend is appealing that verdict and the 20- to 40-year prison sentence.

Thirty-two-year-old Jessica Lynn Alinsky was convicted in February of third-degree murder in the September 2011 slaying of Matthew Gailie at the couple’s Hazle Township home.

Alinsky had claimed the 34-year-old man shot himself during a dispute, but Luzerne County prosecutors say she staged the crime scene to make it appear that way.

Alinsky’s appeal say the trial judge erred by not declaring a mistrial and by not allowing some evidence favorable to her into the trial.

Primarily, Alinsky’s attorneys are taking issue with the testimony of a state police bloodstain expert whose testimony was challenged by another expert who had instructed the trooper in that science.


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