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November 7, 2013

Trooper found not guilty

Jury clears Trevor Donah of charges; faces two more trials

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Barrett also said it didn’t make sense for the woman to wait more than four years before telling someone what had happened.

“When given the opportunity (to come forward) more than 1,500 days later, she started to tell a story she thought would be unchecked,” Barrett told the jury. 

“The thing about a story, especially by someone that we don’t know, is that it can be pulled out of thin air.”

‘CONSISTENT WITH SYNDROME’

Crawford said the woman’s behavior mirrored the three stages of a condition known as battered-woman syndrome, which were outlined by Dr. Don Lewittes, a clinical and forensic psychologist who testified on Monday.

Women who are abused sometimes never tell anyone, and they may not divulge all the details of an assault, Crawford told the jury before deliberations, echoing Lewittes’s testimony.

Barrett drew attention to the absence of physical evidence in the case.

Donah’s ex testified that she had taken pictures of the injuries she sustained from the alleged attack but said she had deleted them several months later when she started dating her current husband.

OTHER WITNESSES

Haley Barrigar, a former co-worker of the woman, testified that she saw what appeared to be a bruise on the side of the woman’s neck but couldn’t tell Barrett exactly when she had seen it.

The two other witnesses to testify for the prosecution were Dr. Russell Hartung and State Police Sgt. Robert Hugus.

Hartung, who is specially trained in strangulation, spoke about the serious physical injuries a person can sustain as a result of being strangled.

Hugus detailed the “carotid restraint” defensive tactic that trooper recruits are taught at the academy.

The woman testified that Donah had used several of those defensive tactics on her.

The defense did not call any witnesses to the stand.

OTHER TRIALS

Donah has been a trooper based out of the Plattsburgh barracks for five years and has been on paid leave since March.

He is slated for two other trials associated with two other women on charges including rape, assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

Email Felicia Krieg:

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