It is the 2nd of October 1998, and a 15-year-old Zach Witman is resting at home. Reportedly, he was sick and decided to take an off from school.
During this time, the phone rings, and Zach Witman hangs up the call. Later, when his 13-year-old brother Greg returns home from school, he finds out that Zach had hung up the phone on his girlfriend.
This really upset the young teenager, and soon they got into a heated discussion. Both were frustrated and wanted to prove a point.
Amidst all this, Zach Witman lost himself and picked up a penknife. Soon, Greg met his death because of life-threatening wounds that were incurred to his body.
Zach Witman made a call to 911 and told them about his brother’s death. Soon the police arrived, and they found the dead body of 13-year-old Greg.
Zach Witman was screaming (possibly at the top of his lungs) at this time and wanted to make a call to his mother as well.
He told the police that he was sleeping upstairs when he heard a thud. He remembered that he had left the keys to the house near the door for his brother Greg. He further reported that it must have been an intruder who took his brother’s life.
Wait… There’s more to this case than you think. If you find it hard to believe, you can try taking a glimpse at it for four straight minutes, and you’ll find it yourself.
Now without further ado, here we begin.
Why, How, And Where Zach Witman Killed His 13-Year-Old Brother Greg?
On the 2nd of October 1998, Zach Witman decided to take an off from school and stay home for rest. Later that day, Greg’s girlfriend called the house. Seeing as Greg wasn’t home, Zach hung up on her.
Greg returned from school and found out that Zach had hung up the phone on his girlfriend. Greg turned pretty upset about the fact, and soon they got into a heated exchange.
Zach quickly became infuriated and picked a penknife to stab his 13-year-old brother. He was mercilessly stabbed and, of course, died right after.
However, when Zach Witman made a call to 911 to report his 13-year-old brother’s death, what he reported was completely different from what had happened. Let’s take a look at the made-up story that was reported to 911 and to the police that arrived at the scene.
Zach Witman Calls 911 & Lies About His Brother’s Murder
After mercilessly stabbing his 13-year-old brother multiple times, Zach Witman decided to call 911. In that call, he reported that there was an intruder in the house who had killed his 13-year-old brother.
Zach Witman was reportedly yelling in that call and said, “I came downstairs, and the door was cracked, and he was lying there. Just lying there! Gone! Gone! Gone! Gone! Why? Why? Why?”
At first, it was hard to tell that Zach Witman could be behind his brother’s murder. According to FindLaw, Zach was almost out of his control. He was screaming in a high-pitched voice.
In addition to that, he seemed to be in a highly excited state while he was covered in his 13-year-old brother’s blood. He also asked the police to let him call his mother.
According to the account given by Zach Witman to police at the crime scene, Greg was killed downstairs, and Zach was sleeping upstairs at this time. He heard a loud thud during his sleep, like someone or something was thrown at the wall.
After hearing the thud, Zach Witman came downstairs and discovered his brother’s dead body. Of course, this was a made-up story as further investigations found out that Zach was responsible for the murder.
Zach Witman Steps Into The Court & Admits To Third-Degree Murder
Zach Witman was 15 years old when he took his brother, Greg, who was just 13 years old at the time. The incident occurred on the 2nd of October 1998, but Zach maintained his innocence till decades later when he was presented with a choice.
Choice? Yes. It was a decent offer that the court made to Zach Witman years later when his lawyer discovered that we hadn’t been offered one yet. Initially, Zach was subjected to a life in prison, that too without parole.
At this point (after many years had gone by), Zach Witman’s lawyer discovered that his previous counsel didn’t give Zach an offer. Hence in 2018, a York County court offered a conviction and sentence.
Now the ball was in Zach Witman’s court. He could decide either way and bear the consequences or rewards of his choice. So he chose 15 years and 230 days – 40 years in jail.
However, the choice came at a cost too. And what was the cost? Zach Witman had to give up his innocence and plead guilty to third-degree murder. Zach found himself on the other end of the age-old popular line: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Zach took the offer and admitted to committing a third-degree murder. What we see here is that the law played its role intelligently. A simple offer helped an individual admit to his offense.
It is unknown what compelled Zach Witman to act in the way he did. Generally, it could be said that he was unable to control his anger. However, it is worth considering that other factors might be lurking beneath the surface.
What we also know, however, is that there were other ways to deal with hanging up on the girlfriend than that. But now, Greg is no more, and Zach Witman has been released from prison.
Zach Witman was released back on the 21st of May 2019. At the time, Zach’s lawyer said that Zach Witman would strive to become a useful member of the community.
Now, seeing as we haven’t heard any news about Zach since then, we would like to believe that he is aspiring to become a valuable member of the community.