Second week of Doneghy trial to begin Monday with officer on the stand

Salyer narrated video of scene where an officer was killed in a hit-and-run

jkegley@herald-leader.comJune 20, 2011 

Glenn Doneghy, who is charged with murder in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan J. Durman, sat during testimony of 911 caller Ronnie Hood, in Fayette County Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday June 15, 2011. Doneghy, 34, is accused of using his vehicle to deliberately hit and kill Durman, 27, on April 29, 2010, as Durman was investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff


The murder trial of Glenn Doneghy is expected to resume Monday with continued testimony from Lexington police officers who investigated the hit-and-run crash that killed officer Bryan Durman.

On Thursday — the last day of testimony before court recessed for the weekend — Detective Billy Salyer was on the witness stand. Prosecutors showed the jury video taken of the crash scene, and Salyer narrated.

Fayette Circuit Court Judge James Ishmael told jurors Salyer's testimony would continue Monday.

It is not clear who Monday's other witnesses would be. An administrative assistant in Ishmael's office said the judge did not have a list of witness's names, but that attorneys might. Defense attorneys and prosecutors could not be reached.

Doneghy is charged with murder, fleeing the scene of an accident and possession of marijuana and cocaine. He also faces several assault charges for becoming combative with officers who arrested him at his Northland Drive apartment hours after the April 29, 2010, crash on North Limestone.

Testimony from officers who arrested Doneghy might be heard Monday; prosecutors have called officers to the witness stand in the order they arrived at the scene. Thursday's witnesses painted a picture of the crash scene, but did not address the charges against Doneghy stemming from his arrest.

Prosecutor Lori Boling said in her opening statements last week that Doneghy had barricaded the door to his apartment with furniture when officers arrived. She said he threw a "caustic substance" on officers and ran outside wielding a knife, scratching another officer before he was subdued.

Defense attorney Kate Dunn said in her opening statement that Doneghy could be found guilty of resisting arrest, but that there is no proof he intentionally hit the officer.

The defense has argued that the area where the accident happened was dark and Durman was not wearing his assigned reflective vest while standing in the street investigating a noise complaint.

Dunn also said there is evidence that someone else might have been driving the car when Durman was hit. Prosecutors have argued that witnesses saw Doneghy alone in his car before and after the crash.

Durman was the first Lexington police officer to die in the line of duty in about 25 years.

The trial is scheduled to resume at 8:45 a.m.

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