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Duke Students Acquitted Of Assault Charges

Posted May 7, 2003 9:51 a.m. EDT

— Three Duke University students who were accused of assaulting an N.C. Central student outside a Duke dorm have been acquitted.

District Court Judge Ann McKown ruled the plaintiff could not prove the charges "beyond a reasonable doubt." As a result, 23-year-old Joshua Jean-Baptiste, 21-year-old John Njoku and 23-year-old Michael Curtis Mitchell were found not guilty of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

Jean-Baptiste is the former student government president. Mitchell was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference wrestler.

The three students, who will graduate Sunday, were accused of assaulting Shawn Crumpton, who left the courtroom without comment immediately after McKown's ruling.