Hours After Wedding, Woman Murders Niece Over Argument About Who Would Drive Home

(Photo Credit: New Brighton Police)
(Photo Credit: New Brighton Police)

Police say a woman murdered her own niece just hours after her wedding, because they were arguing over who would drive home from a New Brighton bar.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Thursday at Jimmy K’s Bar on 11th Avenue.

Police say 21-year-old Katelyn Francis of Fairview, W. Va., was shot in the parking lot. She died on her way to the hospital.

Police say that Francis was at the bar with her aunt and her aunt’s new husband.

Police say the three were arguing over who was going to drive home. That’s when they say 30-year-old Christina Nicole George-Harvan pulled out a gun and shot her niece.

“To our understanding, this was over who was going to drive the vehicle, the designated driver for the evening,” said Chief Charles Vanfossan, of New Brighton Police.

Police say they believe the suspect was holding her husband’s gun.

“The only thing she said is she touched the weapon and it discharged,” Chief Vanfossan said.

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