The Flyers fan accused of beating up an off-duty police officer and Iraq war veteran in a Rangers jersey after the Winter Classic will go to trial on assault on other charges.
Dennis Veteri of Glassboro, N.J. was in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday. He didn't say anything during the short hearing.
The 32-year-old is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person in the Jan. 2 attack. He is set to be formally arraigned April 12, according to court documents.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the victims testified Thursday that Veteri was in a group of Flyers fans who taunted and assaulted them as they waited for sandwiches.
Veteri's attorney has said the case is a fistfight that's being blown out of proportion.
The brawl was captured on various Youtube videos. It shows a few Flyers fans beating up two Rangers fans outside of Geno's Steaks in South Philly on Jan. 2 following the Winter Classic game. The brawl ends with the victim, Woodbridge Township, N.J., Police Officer Neal Auricchio motionless on the ground.
Veteri was arrested and posted bail in January but later a Philadelphia judge quadrupled the bail for Veteri. A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge pushed the bail for the father of three from $100,000 to $400,000 and re-jailed Veteri on Jan. 18. Three and half hours later, the Glassboro, N.J. resident was able to post 10 percent of the bail and was free again.
Auricchio spoke about the attack in an interview with NBC New York earlier this year.
"They grabbed my friend Mike's hat, threw spit in it, they flipped a cigarette at him, they flipped one at me striking me in the mouth," Auricchio said.
The video of the fight posted online shows a verbal confrontation escalating into a brawl.
"I was overwhelmed by a mob and two to three guys starting punching me, kicking me," Auricchio told NBC New York. "I get back to my feet and that blindside punch knocks me unconscious."
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