Doneghy trial

Defense attorney: Woman reportedly says on video she drove vehicle that killed Lexington police officer

Search under way for video0f reported confession

jhewlett@herald-leader.comJune 7, 2011 

Glenn Doneghy

Lexington police and attorneys for Glenn Doneghy, accused of murder in the death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman, are looking for a videotape of a woman who allegedly says on the video that she was driving the vehicle that struck and killed Durman last year.

The existence of such a tape was discussed Monday during a hearing in Doneghy's case in Fayette Circuit Court.

Doneghy's trial, which is expected to last two weeks, is scheduled to begin Monday.

Kate Dunn, one of Doneghy's attorneys, said police have talked to a man who said he had a tape of a woman admitting she was the driver involved in the fatal incident. Dunn also said after Monday's hearing that an investigator for the defense team has talked to the man and his attorney.

Dunn said the defense team has "been aware of this woman for quite some time" but "this is the first time anyone has said they have a videotape of this young woman." Dunn said the defense team first heard Thursday about the possibility that a video existed. She said the defense team has an idea where the tape is but hasn't been able to retrieve it.

The attorney would not identify the man who reportedly has the tape or the woman who allegedly is on the tape.

Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson would not comment about the tape.

Doneghy, 34, is accused of deliberately striking Durman with his vehicle as Durman was investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone on April 29, 2010. Durman, 27, was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital a short time later.

Police interviewed the woman said to be on the videotape last fall but apparently dismissed her as a possible suspect, Dunn said. The videotape reportedly was made within the past couple of months, she said.

"I know the police are looking for it; of course we are too," Dunn said.

Meanwhile, Judge James Ishmael is expected to rule Tuesday on several motions in the Doneghy case, including a defense motion to exclude from the trial toxicology test results on samples of Doneghy's blood and urine. The samples were taken nearly seven hours after Durman was struck — too late to be pertinent, according to defense attorneys. The judge also is expected to decide whether a couple of 2007 incidents involving Doneghy and authorities may be used as evidence during the trial. According to prosecutors, the incidents show that Doneghy previously had had violent contact with people he had perceived to be police officers.

Reach Jennifer Hewlett at (859) 231-3308 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3308.

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