BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) - A state appeals court has granted a trial to a Saratoga County woman who pleaded guilty to killing her 91-year-old step-great-grandmother more than a decade ago.
The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court has upheld a Saratoga County judge's 2011 ruling that 29-year-old Katherine Seeber, of Wilton, be tried for murder in the slaying of Ruth Witter.
Authorities say Witter was strangled in her suburban Albany home during a botched robbery by Seeber and her then-boyfriend Jeffrey Hampshire in February 2000.
Seeber pleaded guilty in 2001 to killing Witter and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Hampshire was acquitted of murder later that year.
Attorneys handling Seeber's appeal say evidence reports from her case may have been faked by a state forensic technician who committed suicide in 2008 while under investigation. Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.