EMMAUS, Pa. -

Following a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Alexander Roscioli was held for court on all charges in the beating death of his 70-year-old Emmaus neighbor.

The crime happened late last August, when Roscioli was 22.

He has been charged with aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter for the  death of his neighbor John Sweeney, Sr., outside an Emmaus apartment complex where they both lived in the 300 block of Broom Street.

In the early morning hours of August 30, Roscioli and Sweeney got into a fight, according to court documents.  Roscioli admitted to repeatedly punching and kicking Sweeney after he said Sweeney hit him with a plastic hockey stick.

Sweeney was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he died the next day.

The cause of death was ruled blunt force trauma to the head.

Sweeney had a skull fracture, broken ribs and cerebral hemorrhage.

Roscioli remained free until November.

The preliminary hearing was held before Magisterial District Judge Donna Butler in Emmaus.