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Police: Pa. bride kills niece during post-wedding party

Christina George-Harvan, 30. (SOURCE: New Brighton Police) Christina George-Harvan, 30. (SOURCE: New Brighton Police)
NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. (AP) -

A Pennsylvania bride is accused of fatally shooting her niece with her new husband's handgun during an argument over who would be the designated driver after their wedding party.

The new bride's lawyer says the fatal shooting was an accident.

The attorney told the Beaver County Times on Saturday that 30-year-old newlywed Christina George-Harvan is "obviously completely distraught."

Police say George-Harvan, of Conway, shot 21-year-old Katelyn Francis on Thursday as they left a bar in New Brighton, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The wedding was held earlier that day.

Police say they were arguing about who would be the designated driver when the bride grabbed a gun from her husband's truck and shot Francis, of Fairmont, W.Va.

Lawyer J. Lauson Cashdollar says George-Harvan simply tried to move the gun when it went off. She's charged with homicide and is being held without bail.

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