Closing statements have begun in the murder trial of college student from New York City charged with fatally stabbing another student at a fraternity party in Rochester.
Prosecutors say Daren Venable stabbed Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. during a fight Jan. 15 at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house on the University of Rochester campus. Authorities say the two men, both 20 and students at the college, were arguing over Venable’s girlfriend, whom Bordeaux had dated.
Prosecutors said during the bench trial 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.
Closing arguments are under way Monday morning in Monroe County Court.