PERKIOMEN TWP., Pennsylvania -- A man accused of beating his girlfriend to death and calling an Uber to take her to a hospital has been ordered to stand trial.
The Mercury reports that a Montgomery County judge ruled Tuesday that there was enough evidence for 23-year-old Nicholas Forman to stand trial in county court on charges of first- and third-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Sabrina Harooni.
Police said the Collegeville man buckled the woman's injured body into an Uber on Feb. 3 and had the driver take them to a hospital.
The Gilbertsville woman was pronounced dead at the hospital from injuries to her face, head and neck.
The county coroner ruled the death a homicide.
Prosecutors cited another Uber driver's account that the couple had earlier gotten into a heated dispute regarding a text message from the woman's ex-boyfriend.
Authorities said a video on Forman's cell phone appeared to show an unresponsive Harooni lying on her back as a man's voice could be heard saying, "This is what a cheating liar gets."
Forman has denied the charges. A state police trooper testified he said he had gone to a court hearing earlier that morning and returned to find the victim unresponsive.
Defense attorney Michael John unsuccessfully sought dismissal of the first-degree murder charge, arguing that prosecutors hadn't provided evidence to support the count alleging intentional killing.