DNA may support theory that woman drove vehicle that killed officer

Disclosure part of talk of taped confession

jhewlett@herald-leader.comJune 9, 2011 

DNA evidence found on the steering wheel of the vehicle that hit and killed Lexington police Officer Bryan Durman last year matches the DNA of a woman whom police apparently ruled out last fall as a possible suspect in Durman's death, says a defense attorney for the man accused of murder in the case.

The woman, who goes by the nickname "Juicy," is the same woman alleged to be on a recently made video recording admitting she was the driver who hit Durman.

"Her DNA is on the steering wheel of Glenn Doneghy's car," defense attorney Kate Dunn said during a hearing Monday in Fayette Circuit Court.

Dunn can be heard on a video recording of the hearing that was made available afterward. Some details about the woman, her DNA and the alleged taped confession, which were discussed by attorneys and the judge Monday, could not be heard by the public then because of a machine at the judge's bench that drowns out conversations.

The woman's actual name was not revealed.

Doneghy, 34, is accused of deliberately striking Durman with his vehicle on April 29, 2010, as Durman was investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone. Durman, 27, died a short while later.

The possible existence of the videotape was made known publicly Monday during a the hearing in the case against Doneghy. Defense attorneys found out about it June 2; prosecutors apparently heard about it a few days before that.

Dunn said attorneys involved in the case have known about the woman for some time. Dunn said police interviewed her last fall but apparently dismissed her as a suspect. But Dunn indicated that a videotaped confession by the woman, said to have been made about two months ago — long after police talked to her —— would change things.

There apparently is no dispute that the vehicle that struck Durman belongs to Doneghy.

A prisoner at the Fayette County Detention Center told a jail guard he had videotaped the woman talking about the fatal incident, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lori Boling said during Monday's hearing.

The prisoner gave the tape to his girlfriend, Boling said.

Dunn said the supposed videotape was at the prisoner's home.

Boling said a Lexington police detective had tried, unsuccessfully, to retrieve the tape. She asked Dunn what happened when a defense investigator and the prisoner's lawyer tried to get it.

"Well, I guess I'll keep that to myself," Dunn said.

Dunn told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday the videotape had not been found.

Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael, apparently talking about the prisoner's girlfriend, said Monday, "If I could find the lady I'd do it myself."

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

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