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Jury is chosen in shooting case of former lax standout DiDonato; defense will argue for self-defense

Monday, 7th February 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's  

Staff Report, posted 2/7/11

The jury was seated today in the case of PA Commonwealth vs. Gerald Ung, whose trial continues Tuesday in the shooting last January of former La Salle College High and Villanova University standout lacrosse player Eddie DiDonato in Philadelphia.

Ung, 29, of Virginia, is facing charges of attempted murder and related offenses for allegedly shooting DiDonato, 24, of Blue Bell, up to six times in the abdomen and hand following an altercation at 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 17 at 330 Market St.

Openings statements will be heard Tuesday morning (10:00) at Philadelphia Criminal Justice Court.

Ung, dressed in a dark suit and tie, watched today as potential jurors were questioned about the incident, which gained national headlines after being captured by surveillance cameras outside the Fox 29 studios.

Both defense attorney Jack McMahon and assistant District Attorney Jan McDermott referred to the video throughout the jury selection process. McMahon admitted that Ung, a Temple law student, had a licensed and registered firearm and shot DiDonato that morning.

McMahon intimated to potential jurors that the defense will be that of self defense and that the case had unusual circumstances because the altercation and shooting were caught on tape.

The prosecutor explained to jurors that the judge will define the definition and boundaries of self defense prior to the deliberations.

According to the police report, officers responded to the scene after hearing four or five shots in the Old City section of the city. Witnesses pointed out that Ung was the shooter, the report said.

Police recovered a 380 Kel Tec semi-automatic pistol and arrested Ung at the scene. Ung was in his final year as a law student at Temple University at the time of the shooting, according to reports.

DiDonato was transported to Jefferson University Hospital where he was in critical condition for a month in the Intensive Care Unit with wounds to the chest, stomach, shoulder and hand. DiDonato now suffers partial paralysis in his left foot due to nerve damage.


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