A final verdict in one of Erie’s most notorious and longest-running murder cases is now set for next week, 43 years later.
Judge Dan Brabender has set August 12th for the re-sentencing of Raymond Payne.
Payne was a Strong Vincent teacher convicted of the murder of one of his students, Debbie Gama, back in 1977.
The courts ordered Payne to be re-sentenced due to DNA evidence that was not available in the initial trial.
If Judge Brabender rules that the argument has merit, the 83-year old Payne could be released on time served.
Payne was originally given a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole