ERIE, Pa. (AP) – A former northwestern Pennsylvania high school teacher will be getting a new hearing on his conviction in the strangulation death of a student more than four decades ago.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week rejected an appeal by Erie County prosecutors of a lower court ruling that 82-year-old Raymond Payne should receive a new degree-of-guilt hearing.READ MORE: College Towns Plan To Challenge Results Of 2020 Census
District Attorney Jack Daneri told the Erie Times-News on Friday that he will argue that Payne is guilty of first-degree murder.READ MORE: WWE Returns To Pittsburgh This Holiday Season
Payne pleaded guilty to a general count of murder in the 1975 strangulation death of 16-year-old Debbie Gama. He argued he was at most guilty of third-degree murder.
A 6-3 Superior Court decision ordered a new degree-of-guilt hearing, citing 2014 DNA tests indicating that his DNA didn’t match evidence found on the body.MORE NEWS: Free Tickets Available Thursday For Pittsburgh's Drive-In Movie Night
(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)