Trial begins for 3 in fatal ballpark lot beating

    Philly’s bad fan reputation comes from somewhere:

    Three men charged with murder in the fatal beating of another man outside a Phillies game say they landed only two punches between them, neither of which was the fatal blow.

    The trial for 30-year-old Francis Kirchner, 37-year-old Charles Bowers and 48-year-old Jim Groves began yesterday. They’re charged with killing a Lansdale man outside Citizens Bank Park in a drunken July 2009 melee.

    Kirchner is charged with first-degree murder and his two co-defendants are charged with third-degree murder. Kirchner’s attorney says his client never struck David Sale Jr. and will testify in his own defense.

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    Bowers’ attorney says his client didn’t hit Sale either but Groves’ attorney says his client did punch the victim twice, but backed off.

    Prosecutors say Kirchner struck the fatal blow, a kick to Sale’s head.

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