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Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12:11 a.m.

Jury selection begins Monday for one of four men accused in the fatal beating of a Chicora man outside a Kittanning bar.

Otilio Cosme, 43, of Ford City is to stand trial June 16 for his alleged role in the death of James Sullivan.

Cosme and three other Armstrong County men face felony charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault in addition to lesser charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.

The other men accused are Dennis Andrew Rosenberger, 28, of Ford City; Keith Allen Brison, 34, of Kittanning; Anthony Michael Bove, 20, of Kittanning.

Charges stem from a fight behind the Wick City Saloon at about 1:30 a.m. on March 17, 2013.

Witnesses reported seeing Cosme and the other men assault Sullivan, 39. Cosme is accused of standing on Sullivan's chest and stomping on the man while he was unconscious.

Sullivan was pronounced dead at ACMH Hospital about an hour later.

All four are free on bail and subject to electronic monitoring.

Brison is expected to stand trial in July. No trial dates have been set for Rosenberger and Bove.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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