Two brothers charged with beating a 41-year-old man to death outside a Southwest Side tavern over the weekend were ordered held on $400,000 bail each on Wednesday.
Miguel Villar, 39, of the 4600 block of South Avers, and Gerardo Villar, 43, of southwest suburban Hickory Hills, pounced on Robert Ulmer on Sunday after the Cubs clinched the division, prosecutors said.
Apartment Lounge workers ordered Gerardo Villar to leave the bar after he became angry with a bartender, Cook County Asst. State’s Attorney Emily Leuin said.
On his way out, he shoved Ulmer’s stepson, who along with Ulmer and his wife, headed out of the bar as well, Leuin said. Once outside, Villar and his younger brother kicked and stomped Ulmer in the head, Leuin said.
But attorneys for the Villar brothers claim the defendants were beaten by Ulmer and a group of others.
Gerardo Villar appeared in court on crutches. He suffered cuts and bruises and had five teeth knocked out, attorney Joseph Lopez said.
"There was mutual combat between all parties in this case," said Lopez.
Neither Leuin nor the men’s attorneys offered details on what sparked the fight.
A source told the Sun-Times a relative of Ulmer got into a fight inside the bar with two Cubs fans who had attended the team’s 5-4 division clincher against the St. Louis Cardinals.