Bride accused of fatally shooting niece out of jail

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NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. - A woman accused of fatally shooting her niece hours after her wedding was released from jail Friday afternoon.

Christina George was arrested on her wedding night last month. Police said she fatally shot her niece, Katelyn Francis, outside a New Brighton bar.

“We had lots of support from family and friends.  We just want our little girl home.  She’s a good girl,” said George's mother Julie Francis.

On Friday, George walked out of the Beaver County Jail and into her husband’s arms.

“It’s been a horrific, terrible nightmare for the past 30 days. We just can’t wait to get home,” Francis said.

Defense attorney Steve Colafella argued for bond on Thursday.

“There will be conditions, electronic monitoring and surrendering her passport, but she is getting out,” he said. “This was a tragedy.  This was an accident.  She didn’t even know that the gun went off and hit and killed Katy.”

According to police, the wedding party was fighting over who would be the designated driver.

Channel 11 reported last month that George is a nurse and mother.

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