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Temple Law Student Is Acquitted in Videotaped Shooting of Lacrosse Star

Posted Feb 16, 2011 7:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Philadelphia jurors have acquitted a former Temple third-year law student who shot a onetime Villanova lacrosse star six times in a January 2010 confrontation that was caught on videotape.

Jurors evidently accepted Gerald Ung’s assertion of self-defense, returning a verdict in less than five hours, according to Above the Law, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ung had contended he was followed and threatened by four drunken bullies, and he shot Edward DiDonato after the group lunged at him.

DiDonato, the son of a Philadelphia lawyer, has had multiple surgeries for his injuries. DiDonato and his friends testified that Ung started the confrontation and both parties were heckling each other.

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