Bride Guilty of Homicide by Misadventure

Mar 30, 2015 - 0 Comments

A verdict in the homicide by misadventure trial of a Pennsylvania newlywed, who accidentally shot a member of her own wedding party just hours after the ceremony, has been rendered this week. 

A jury on Friday found the 31-year-old accused bride, Christina George, guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the April 2014 shooting death of 21-year-old Katelyn Francis, her niece.

The tragic incident occurred during a parking-lot scuffle in which “Tina” George was attempting to relocate a firearm from her new husband’s glove compartment so it wouldn’t be used in the altercation.

In the process of moving the loaded weapon, however, it inadvertently misfired, an errant bullet striking her nearby niece and killing her instantly.

The defense contended that the young woman’s untimely death, and the conviction of her aunt for the unintentional murder, would create a double tragedy for a family already wallowing in unspeakable grief.

"Tina George loved this girl," attorney Stephen Colafella reminded the jurors, begging them to acquit his client on the grounds of "excusable homicide by misadventure."

But neither the prosecution nor the jury agreed with his argument.

"When you pick up that gun, your mind should tell you [that] you have a duty of care to the people around you," Assistant District Attorney Brittany Smith successfully countered.

Then attorney Smith announced, “the victim’s relatives can now go about their grieving,” when the guilty verdict was read aloud.

Sadly, the victim’s relatives in this awful case are also the defendant’s -- they were all seen weeping as Tina George was summarily handcuffed and taken from the courtroom to jail.


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