January 23, 2014

2 jurors selected for trooper's second trial


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Two jurors were selected Wednesday for Trooper Trevor J. Donah’s second trial, this one involving a charge of rape.

Clinton County Judge Patrick McGill’s courtroom was full Wednesday afternoon as prospective jurors were questioned by the prosecution and defense attorneys.

Franklin County Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Crawford and Gary Pasqua are acting as special prosecutors; Donah’s defense attorneys are Brian Barrett and Lorraine White.

Donah was found not guilty in November 2013 of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault, all felonies, in a case involving a former girlfriend.

This time, the 33-year-old Plattsburgh man faces charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse, both felonies, and five misdemeanors: two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and one charge of second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

The alleged rapes, which involved a different woman, happened between June 2011 and September 2012, according to the indictment.

Donah faces further rape and other charges involving a third woman.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne previously said all the alleged crimes occurred when Donah was off duty and that all three alleged victims were known to him.

Donah worked for five years as a trooper out of the State Police barracks in Plattsburgh.

He was arrested on Feb. 5, 2013, and charged with two counts of first-degree rape involving two women before he was indicted on 13 counts a few days later.

He has been on paid leave since March 2013.

Jury selection is scheduled to resume today.

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