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February 1, 2014

Prosecution, defense rest in Donah trial

PLATTSBURGH — Trevor J. Donah’s aunt Mary Jill Shumway said in court Friday that his ex-girlfriend had texted her after the alleged rape in September 2012.

“She said, ‘Your nephew does not take no for answer.’”

Shumway was one of four witnesses to testify Friday. The prosecution wrapped up its case, and the defense rested before court broke for lunch.

Jury deliberations will likely begin Monday.


On the stand Friday morning, Shumway continued her testimony, saying her nephew’s ex had followed her texts with a phone call that day in September 2011.

Shumway testified that the woman told her that she had gone to Donah’s apartment, he had kissed her, that he had “wanted to go farther than kissing” and that he threw his ex on the couch and pulled her panties down.

“He entered her but didn’t finish the act,” Shumway said the woman had told her. “He didn’t stop until she screamed out.”

Shumway said she asked the woman if she had been raped and that she replied that she didn’t like that word but did say she had been sexually assaulted.


Then Shumway testified to seeing Donah and the woman wrestling on more than one occasion.

The two visited her home in Vermont frequently for a time when they were dating.

“He took her arm, and he bent it behind her back,” she said.

When cross-examined by defense attorney Brian Barrett, Shumway said that during one of the incidents, Donah had said, “‘Do you give? Do you give?’” and when the woman said yes, he had released her.


Shumway said Donah’s former girlfriend had texted her in April 2012, saying he had choked her.

After that, the witness said, she contacted Donah, asking to meet with him.

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