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Darling Freed in Death Of Hit and Run Victim Jury Acquits Ex-Packer Star. After Hours of Deliberation GREEN BAY, Wis., May 6 UP.— Bernard "Boob" Darling, former Green Bay Packer star and Big Ten football referee, was free today of a hit and run charge, in a highway death. A circuit court jury took almost eight hours last night to decide that the 220-pound Green Bay insurance man did not run down 15-year-old Shirley Mae Trout November 1 while driving in an intoxicated and negligent fashion. As the verdict was announced, Darling and his wife clutched each others hands and broke into tears. The prosecution said Darling was drunk on the night of Shirley Maes death and confessed, "there is no doubt in my mind but that it was my car that struck the girl." . Darling denied that he was drunk but admitted feeling a "thud" as he drove home that night. He said he searched the road .three times to see what he had hit. Darling, 47, was a member of the original Green Bay Packer squad. He joined the team in 1927 as a Hnomnn after an outstanding record at Beloit College. He left the team in 1931. He was a Big Ten referee at the time of the Trout girls death.