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March 30, 2016

Murder charge upheld against suspect in fatal Rittenhouse stabbing

Veteran allegedly killed 24-year-old Bucks County man

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Steven E. Simminger, 40, of Media, Delaware County, is charged with murder. Police allege he stabbed and killed a 24-year-old Bucks County man walking near Rittenhouse Square early Sunday, March 13, 2016.

The suspect in a stabbing near Rittenhouse Square that left a 24-year-old Bucks County man dead will stand trial for murder, according to court records.

Municipal Court Judge Bradley K. Moss upheld charges of murder and possessing an instrument of a crime against Steven Simminger, 40, of Delaware County, in a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Simminger is accused of killing Colin McGovern on March 13 after McGovern and his friends had been out "bar-hopping," police said.

Police said McGovern and three friends exited a cab near 18th Street and the park around 3 a.m. when McGovern saw Simminger wearing a New Jersey Devils hat.

McGovern exchanged words with Simminger about the hat and a fight ensued, according to authorities, and at one point McGovern got on top of Simminger — a military veteran.

That's when Simminger allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed McGovern several times in the chest. McGovern was pronounced dead at about 3:36 a.m.

Simminger took himself to a Veterans Affairs hospital to treat a cut he suffered on his hand during the fatal encounter, police said.

Simminger is scheduled to return to court April 20 at 11:00 a.m. for a formal arraignment.