Jury Finds State College Man Innocent of Aggravated Assault
A Centre County jury found a State College man innocent of aggravated assault related to a domestic violence incident.
The jury found 26-year-old Joseph David Frey innocent Friday for charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
State College police arrested Frey for an Aug. 9 domestic incident.
Frey's attorney, Steve Trialonas of State College, argued the victim suffered injuries while he acted in self-defense.
"I am extremely grateful the jury was able to see through the antiquated gender biases presented in this case and apply the law in a fair and impartial manner," Trialonas said in an email. "The laws of self-defense apply equally, including situations where a man has to defend himself against the unlawful force of a woman. My client was attacked by his girlfriend. All he did was defend himself. He was arrested, she was not."
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a prepared statement, "Fact finding is the sole province of the jury and as always, we accept their verdict and thank them for their service."
Centre County Common Pleas Judge Pamela A. Ruest presided over the trial.
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