Monroe County Court Judge John DeMarco has issued a not guilty verdict in the criminal case involving University of Rochester student Daren Venable. This verdict deserves our respect. No one who was not in the courtroom throughout the entire proceeding can fully appreciate the full extent of evidence that was presented to Judge DeMarco.
The overarching tragedy remains that our student, Jeffrey Bordeaux, Jr., has died. Let me again articulate my sadness and empathy for both families. Regardless of the trial verdict, the death of Jeffrey Bordeaux will weigh heavily on Daren Venable the rest of his life.
Criminal trials are often extremely painful because of tragic events like that which occurred here. In our nation, criminal trials are the ultimate way in which we determine guilt or innocence.
I urge all in our community to respect this verdict, regardless of their feelings.
Let us also always remember Jeffrey Bordeaux, Jr.