October 31, 2013

All but 1 juror picked for trooper's attempted-rape trial

PLATTSBURGH — The attempted-rape trial of State Police Trooper Trevor J. Donah may begin this afternoon in Clinton County Court.

After the close of court Wednesday, sources said six women and five men had been selected to sit on the jury.

The prosecution and defense teams would likely pick the 12th juror this morning, sources said, and if that happens, opening statements would likely start at 1 p.m.

Franklin County Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Crawford and Glenn McNeil will act as special prosecutors.

Donah’s attorney is Brian Barrett, who brought on Lorraine White as co-counsel.

For this trial, the jury will consider charges of first-degree attempted rape, second-degree assault and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, all felonies.

The alleged crimes happened in or about September 2008, according to the indictment.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne previously told the Press-Republican Donah was off duty when he committed the alleged acts and that his three alleged victims were known to him.

This will be the first of three trials, one for each case.

The charges to be addressed in the other two trials are two counts of first-degree rape; one count of first-degree attempted rape; two counts of first-degree sexual abuse; two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment; three counts of second-degree unlawful imprisonment; two counts of second-degree assault; two counts of third-degree assault; and two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

For five years, Donah worked out of the State Police barracks in Plattsburgh before his arrest in February.

He has been on paid leave since March 7.

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

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