Jury selection continues in Doneghy trial

kward1@herald-leader.com and jkegley@herald-leader.comJune 15, 2011 

Potential jurors were questioned for the second day in a row Tuesday in preparation for the trial of a Lexington man accused of hitting and killing a Lexington police officer with his vehicle last year.

Glenn Rahan Doneghy, 34, is charged with murder in the April 2010 hit-and-run death of Officer Brian Durman.

Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael talked to the potential jurors at length Tuesday about the importance of disregarding news accounts they might have seen before they were called to jury duty.

"The final jury selected in this case must form their opinion based on the evidence at trial," he said. "...Some news accounts may not be totally accurate or complete."

Durman's death drew extensive media coverage. He was the first Lexington police officer to die in the line of duty in about 25 years.

During questioning, a handful of the dozens of potential jurors told the judge they hadn't heard anything about the case.

Ishmael called jurors to the bench individually to ask privately whether they could put aside what they had heard about the case and consider only the evidence presented.

A sound machine prevented observers from hearing those individual discussions. By the end of the day, about 20 potential jurors had been excused. The remaining 50 were told to report to the courthouse at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, when jury selection will continue.

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