Trial opens for 3 in 1997 slaying at Pa. party

MIDDLEBURG, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney says a reported fight at a party that prosecutors allege was the motive for a central Pennsylvania slaying a decade and a half ago never happened.

Trial opened Monday in Snyder County Court for three men charged in the July 1997 beating death of 21-year-old Donald Seebold near Middleburg.

Charged with homicide, conspiracy and perjury are 37-year-old Robert Reich and 39-year-old Christopher Aucker of Beavertown and 37-year-old Ryan Sprenkel of Middleburg.

Prosecutors allege that they beat Seebold to death for flirting with a woman at the party and then left him at the side of the road.

But Aucker’s attorney, Michael Rudinski, denied there was any fight at the party.

Defense attorneys have cited conflicting witness statements and said another man had a motive for the slaying.

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