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November 1, 2013

Jury hears opening statements in trooper attempted-rape case

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“She’s scared that if she fights (back), he’s going to employ more tactics.”

Crawford said Donah would also kick his knee into his ex, incapacitating her for a moment.

And, on two occasions, the trooper pinned his then-girlfriend’s golden retriever to the floor, and the dog struggled while Donah stared at his ex, Crawford said.

‘SIMPLE CASE’

White said Donah did have a fight with his ex that night, but the prosecution’s allegations are false.

“This is a simple and straightforward case,” she said. “This entire story is fiction; it simply did not happen.”

The woman’s story, White said, involves the jealous actions of a “vengeful and vindictive ex-girlfriend” who jumped at the chance to get revenge on Donah almost five years after the incident.

Donah’s ex was angered that he didn’t love her anymore, White said.

And she said Donah fell out of love with the woman because of her erratic behavior and jealousy, coupled with his growing love for another.

White called Donah’s ex “an emotionally unstable woman who thrives on drama,” who was in a “fit of rage” that night, when she learned Donah had cheated on her.

The three charges are “baseless and malicious claims” aimed at ruining Donah’s reputation, White said.

MULTIPLE OBJECTIONS

Crawford objected to White’s opening statement multiple times.

“She’s asking for sympathy from the jury,” the ADA told Clinton County Judge Patrick McGill.

McGill ordered a couple of White’s statements be stricken from the record.

“What is there to prove in the case the state wants you to believe? Nothing,” White said toward the end of her address.

“Trevor Donah never assaulted (his ex). He left her for another woman.”

Before adjourning court for the day a few minutes before 4 p.m., McGill finished giving the jury instructions not to discuss the case or form any opinions about it.

“You must keep an open mind throughout the trial,” he told the panel.

The trial was set to resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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