Suspect's father apologizes for death of police officer

Alleged hit-and-run driver pleads not guilty

jhewlett@herald-leader.comMay 4, 2010 

Glenn Rahan Doneghy, charged in the hit-and-run death of a Lexington police officer, has pleaded not guilty.

The route for the funeral procession

Doneghy, 33, was arraigned Monday afternoon in Fayette District Court. He is charged with murder and several other crimes. The judge entered a not guilty plea on Doneghy's behalf.

Doneghy's father, Glenn Caise, told the judge the family would be hiring an attorney.

Officer Bryan Durman, 27, was killed Thursday while responding to a noise complaint on North Limestone. Doneghy is accused of hitting Durman with his vehicle and leaving the scene. Investigators found Doneghy — and the sports utility vehicle he allegedly was driving — at an apartment complex on Northland Drive.

In addition to murder, Doneghy is charged with probation violation, leaving the scene of an accident, second-degree assault of a police officer, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance suspected to be cocaine. Investigators said they also charged Doneghy with four counts of third-degree assault for being combative with members of the emergency response unit.

Court documents say that when officers opened Doneghy's door to execute a search warrant, he "charged at them in an aggressive manner, then threw a liquid at them that had a strong chemical smell." Two officers were treated for a "strong burning sensation" where the liquid landed on their hands.

The documents also say Doneghy charged at Sgts. Sam Murdock and David Ashford. Murdock was cut in the armpit with a knife; Ashford sustained abrasions on his hand and elbow, but they were not caused by the knife, according to the documents.

Doneghy was arraigned via video. When told of the charges, he asked the judge: "Who did they say I murdered?"

"A police officer," Judge T. Bruce Bell replied.

The judge said there would be no bond. Doneghy is being held at the Fayette County jail.

The judge set a hearing in the case for May 12.

Afterward, a tearful Caise said he had a message for the Durman family.

"We're so sorry. Never in our wildest dreams did we think something like this would happen," he said. "We just want to say to the Durman family we're so sorry. We want them to pray for us and we'll pray for them."

Doneghy's half-brother, Marlon Strings, who also was in the courtroom, said Doneghy has a long history of mental and substance abuse problems.

"He hasn't grasped what's going on. How can I stress the fact that he has mental problems without downplaying the significance of this man losing his life?" he said with tears in his eyes.

Strings expressed sorrow that Durman's mother won't be able to hug him and tell him he's done a good job in the line of duty and that the officer's young son won't have a father to guide him.

"I've got two (children) and I love going home to them and I'm positive Officer Durman did too," Strings said.

Strings said he's teaching his 9-year-old son how to tie a necktie, and he noted that 4-year-old Brayden Durman wouldn't have his father around to do that.

"It hurts; it hurts," he said. "My heart goes out to them."

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