Jury selection to begin in McNerney homicide trial

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Jury selection is set to begin today in the homicide trial of those accused in the death of Washington & Jefferson College student Tim McNerney.


McNerney, a W&J junior and football player from Butler, died in October 2012 across the street from campus after he and a teammate, Zach DeCicco of Jefferson Hills, allegedly were assaulted by the suspects as they were walking back to campus from a local tavern.


Awaiting trial in the case after their August arrest on charges of homicide, theft, robbery and conspiracy are Adam Hankins, 24, of 348 Houston St., Washington; Troy LaMonte Simmons Jr., 23, of East Pittsburgh; and Eric Dante Wells, 25, of Pittsburgh. They are jailed without bond.


McNerney died at Washington Hospital from an injury to the back of his head suffered when he was knocked to the ground near South College and East Maiden streets.


Rumors circulating around the Washington County Courthouse Friday indicated one or more of the defendants might accept a plea agreement. That information will not be confirmed until today.


If convicted, the defendants could serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.


The trial will begin June 2 before visiting Judge Edward Borkowski, and is slated to last most, if not the entire week.


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