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Murder trial opens in stabbing at U of R

A prosecutor maintains that a college student from New York City could not reasonably believe his life was in danger when he fatally stabbed a University of Rochester classmate at a fraternity party.

A bench trial opened Monday for 20-year-old Daren Venable, who has pleaded not guilty to murder in the slaying of Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr.

The 20-year-old Bordeaux, a junior from suburban Rochester, was stabbed Jan. 15 at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house. Police said the friends got into a quarrel over Venable’s girlfriend, whom the victim had dated.

Prosecutor Raymond Benitez argued in opening statements that Venable pulled a knife before Bordeaux began to punch him. But the defense countered that Venable was forced to act in self-defense when attacked by a larger man who was legally drunk.