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January 31, 2014

Donah trial focuses on bruises, statements to police

PLATTSBURGH — In Clinton County Court Thursday, two women testified to seeing marks on Trevor J. Donah’s ex-girlfriend, who says the 33-year-old state trooper raped her.

Courtney Rice, the former boss of Donah’s ex, testified about a conversation she had with the woman after an alleged assault in April 2012.

Jennifer Channell, a friend and trainer, talked about how the woman went to the Wellness Center at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh to talk with her.

And Holly Connolly, a State Police investigator’s wife, testified about what Donah’s ex had told her about the alleged rape.

STATEMENTS TO POLICE

Earlier in Thursday’s court proceedings, Brian Barrett, one of Donah’s defense attorneys, directed the jury’s attention to the first two depositions given by the accused trooper’s ex-girlfriend, in which she said she wasn’t raped.

Donah’s ex gave Capt. Brent Gillam the first statement at State Police barracks in Plattsburgh on Oct. 12, 2012, and the second on Oct. 17.

She emphasized that the captain had asked her “yes or no questions” at the meetings.

Donah had text messaged her around Oct. 14, three days before she gave her second statement, she said. He told her in the text that he “needed space,” she testified.

‘DENIED RAPE’

At their first meeting, Gillam showed the woman an official order issued by State Police Major Richard Smith saying that Donah was prohibited from contacting both her and Trooper Timothy Connolly. (She had previously lived with Connolly, now an investigator, and his wife, Holly.)

“She told me she didn’t want to see either of them get in trouble,” Gillam testified Thursday morning.

Gillam said he told the woman to contact him if Donah violated the order.

When she met with Gillam the second time, the officer told her, “‘OK, I need the truth,’” the woman testified.

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