3 to stand trial in W. Pa. football player’s death

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Three men have been ordered to stand trial on charges they mugged a standout western Pennsylvania football player and his friend, resulting in the player’s death.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/16L78Ch ) says a district judge on Wednesday determined there was probable cause supporting homicide, robbery and other charges against 24-four-year-old Eric Wells, of McDonald, and 23-year-olds Troy Simmons, of East Pittsburgh, and Adam Hankins, of Washington, Pa.

They’re accused of mugging Washington & Jefferson running back Timothy McNerney and a teammate as they walked back to campus from a bar Oct. 4.

Wells’ attorney says he’s “never seen a client more remorseful.” Police say Wells acknowledged punching McNerney and knocking him to the ground. McNerney died of head injuries, either from being hit or hitting his head as he fell.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com

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