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Student acquitted of homicide in fraternity slaying

A judge has ruled that a college student from New York City acted in self-defense when he fatally stabbed a classmate at a fraternity party in Rochester.

After a non-jury trial, Monroe County Judge John DeMarco acquitted Daren Venable on Thursday of both murder and lesser manslaughter charges in the Jan. 15 slaying of Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr., who lived in suburban Rochester.

The judge says Venable made every effort to retreat and was justified in believing that deadly physical force might be used against him. He stabbed Bordeaux four times with a knife after Bordeaux punched him repeatedly at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house on the University of Rochester campus.

Authorities say the quarrel between the two 20-year-old men erupted over Venable’s new girlfriend, whom Bordeaux had dated.