BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) - Questionable evidence has led a Saratoga County judge to throw out the conviction of a 29-year-old woman who admitted killing her 91-year-old step-great-grandmother in 2000.
Judge Jerry Scarano ruled Monday that Katherine Seeber of Wilton should have a new trial, despite the fact that she pleaded guilty in 2001. She's serving 20 years to life for the killing of Ruth Witter, who was strangled in her Colonie home and dumped in a snowbank near the Saratoga National Historic Park in Stillwater.
Seeber's attorneys say she pleaded guilty in part because forensic evidence was heavily against her. But since her plea, a state forensic laboratory worker involved in the case committed suicide and it was discovered he had routinely failed to conduct required tests but presented results as though he did.
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