Jury In Murder Trial To Deliberate Thursday

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MIDDLEBURG — The case against three men accused of killing another man nearly 16 years ago is expected to go to a jury in Snyder County Thursday morning.

Ryan Sprenkel, Christopher Aucker, and Robert Reich are charged with homicide.

Prosecutions and defense attorneys gave closing arguments Wednesday.

Investigators said the three men got into a fight with Donald Seebold, 21, at a party near Middleburg almost 16 years ago. The three allegedly beat Seebold to death, and left him on the side of Troxelville Road for flirting with Aucker’s girlfriend.

Prosecutors called the case a conspiracy of silence, because they said witnesses originally told police nothing happened at the party. But in 2005, a witness came forward, accusing Sprenkel, Aucker and Reich.

Defense attorneys for the three men said witnesses gave conflicting statements to police. Defense attorneys also said that another man, who was not charged, had the motive to kill Seebold because both were dating the same woman.

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