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Argument over sports hat ends in death

KRISTEN DE GROOT
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A man wearing a New Jersey Devils cap stabbed another man to death in a posh section of Philadelphia after an argument about the hat turned physical, police said Monday.

The stabbing happened just after 3 a.m. Sunday in the city's tony Rittenhouse Square, authorities said. Emergency responders found 24-year-old Colin McGovern, of Churchville, lying on the sidewalk with stab wounds to the torso. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

This Monday photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Steven Simminger, who was charged with murder and related offenses. Police say he was wearing a New Jersey Devils baseball cap when he stabbed another man to death in a posh section of Philadelphia after an argument about the hat turned physical. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP)

Homicide Capt. James Clark said McGovern and three companions had been out for a night on the town and were just getting out of a cab with the intention of finding a hotel. Clark said McGovern made a comment about 40-year-old Steven Simminger's Devils cap, and an argument escalated into a physical altercation.

Simminger, of Media, then went to a Veterans Affairs hospital for treatment of a cut on his hand as well as a mental evaluation, telling people there he had been involved in an altercation, authorities said. Police were tipped off that he was there and arrested and charged him with murder and related offenses.

Clark couldn't say which branch of the military Simminger had been in.

No attorney information was listed for Simminger in online court documents.