2013-05-16 / Local & State

Three Acquitted In Beating Death At Central PA Party

MIDDLEBURG, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania jury has acquitted three men charged in the fatal beating of a man during a party in July 1997, but the district attorney says the case remains “closed” and that nobody else will be charged.

WNEP-TV reports Thursday’s verdict in Snyder County ends a trial that began last month for 37-year-old Robert Reich and 39- year- old Christopher Aucker, of Beavertown, and 37-year-old Ryan Sprenkel of Middleburg.

District Attorney Michael Piecuch says the men beat 21-year-old Donald Seebold for flirting with a woman and that a conspiracy of silence kept authorities from bringing charges until a witness finally came forward eight years ago.

Defense attorneys argued that witnesses gave conflicting statements and say another man had a motive for the slaying.

Despite the verdict, the DA says “The Seebold murder has been solved.”

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