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May 4, 2013

Witness describes brutal beating in Keeseville


She told him she did know that.

Brennan asked if that statement to “keep her mouth shut” was told to her by Mr. Denno.

“No,” Mrs. Rivers said.

Brennan established that Mrs. Rivers had an unobstructed view of what Mr. Taylor was doing.

“You did not see any actual kick from Scott Denno?” Brennan queried.

“I could see him moving,” Mrs. Rivers said. “I could not actually see where his foot was kicking.”


Brennan read from the first statement Mrs. Rivers gave to police on Sept. 24, 2012, nearly a month after Rennie’s death.

In it, Mrs. Rivers said Denno “got in a few good shots.”

In a statement to police, Denno admitted hitting Rennie three times in an earlier altercation.

“It might have been shots, not kicks?” Brennan asked Mrs. Rivers.

“It might have been, yes,” she answered.

Langey asked a few more questions.

“So, for the first almost minute, they’re all kicking at the same time?”

“Yes,” Mrs. Rivers said.

“Did the defendant (Denno) ever stop kicking Robert Rennie before you screamed?”

“No,” the witness answered.


Mrs. Rivers’s graphic description of the beating took all of Friday afternoon.

State Police Investigator Theodore Levison had been cross-examined by Brennan on Friday morning.

Denno’s trial reconvenes on Monday morning.

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