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Alleged Killer of Former WABC Newsman George Weber Convicted of Murder

John Katehis was convicted yesterday of murdering former WABC-AM newsman George Weber, and could get up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced December 7.

This jury came back within a day. The first trial ended in a mistrial last year, as the jury was deadlocked after several days of deliberations.

The defense argued that Weber, who was working for ABC News Radio at the time of his death, had lured the teenager to his home for sex and given him liquor and cocaine.

Weber had been stabbed an estimated 50 times with a knife in 2009. Katehis, 19, claimed self-defense but a jury in Broooklyn agreed with prosecutors that the stabbings were instead murder.

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Mistrial in Former WABC Newsman George Weber Murder Trial

After three days of deliberations, a judge called a mistrial in the case of John Katehis (left), now 18, accused of brutally killing former WABC Radio newsman George Weber in March 2009. The jury was deadlocked.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Jon Firetog briefly reconsidered his mistrial decision, over lawyers’ strenuous objections. The jurors wanted to deliberate for a few more hours. Ulltimately, Firetog allowed the decision to stand. 

On Monday, jurors heard closing arguments.

Defense lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz claimed Katehis was a victim of a drunken predator, while prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi described Katehis, 16 at the time, as “mature” and a “cold, calculating, savvy killer” when he stabbed Weber more than 50 times.

Weber (right), who had a sexual fetish for being smothered “to the point of where he was close to passing out,” responded to Katehis’ Craigslist ad in which he allegedly offered sex for money, according to prosecutors.

Katehis was being held without bail. If convicted, he could have faced 25 years to life in prison.

At the time of his death, Weber, 47, was a freelance anchor at ABC News Radio in New York.