PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Three men arrested in connection with the murder of a local college student have all been ordered to stand trial.

The three men, 24-year-old Eric Wells, 23-year-old Adam Hankins and 22-year-old Troy Simmons, are facing numerous charges, including homicide.

According to police, the three men beat Washington and Jefferson College senior Tim McNerney to death on Oct. 4, 2012.

All three were arrested on Aug. 7.

“We feel it was a mere encounter between these two groups. We don’t feel like – even at this point in the investigation – that the actors were actively seeking to go out and commit a crime at that point. Things just escalated the way they did. We’ve always felt robbery was the motive,” Lt. Dan Stanek said.

The suspects allegedly stole McNerney ‘s iPhone and police used the phone’s GPS to track them.

Today, a defense attorney said this was not an intentional killing, it was a verbal altercation and not planned.


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