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Greensburg woman's appeal denied in Manor murder

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An appeal by a Greensburg woman serving a life sentence for her role in the 2006 killing of a man on the railroad tracks in Manor has been denied by the state Superior Court.

A three-judge panel ruled there was enough evidence presented during the 2008 trial of Jennifer Vinsek to support her second-degree murder conviction.

Vinsek, 28, was convicted of taking part in the shotgun slaying of William Teck, 25, of Hempfield. In a separate trial, Jason Maple, 28, of Penn Township, was convicted of first-degree murder and also is serving life in prison.

Police said Maple fired one shot into Teck's back as he attempted to flee from his assailant. Maple said he was angry with Teck after Vinsek claimed Teck ransacked her apartment and threatened to rape her. Those claims were unfounded, according to police.

Vinsek was accused of luring Teck and a friend, Patrick Altman, from a diner in Manor to the railroad tracks.

Brothers Dewayne and Nathan Shank, of Adamsburg, along with Ryan Bronowski, of Penn Township, testified against Maple and Vinsek and were allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree murder.

It was the robbery component of the case that resulted in Vinsek's conviction of second-degree murder, defined as a killing that occurs during the commission of another felony.

The prosecution said the plot to kill Teck killed revolved around a plan to steal his belongings.

The court rejected a defense claim that there was no evidence a robbery occurred.

Defense attorney Tim Dawson said Monday he will file another appeal to the state's Supreme Court.

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