October 30, 2013

Jury selection may take days in trooper trial

PLATTSBURGH — Five jurors had been chosen for the rape trial of State Police trooper Trevor J. Donah by the time court closed Tuesday, sources said.

However, the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office said it’s possible jury selection could last for a number of days and possibly go into next week.

In court Tuesday afternoon, Donah sat between his attorney, Brian Barrett of Lake Placid, and his co-counsel, Lorraine White.

Opposite them were the special prosecutors from the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Crawford and Glenn McNeil.

Jurors arrived between 9 and 9:30 a.m., the District Attorney’s Office said.

Court normally adjourns at about 4:45 p.m., although if jury selection is almost complete, the session may be extended, the DA’s Office said.

Donah was indicted in February on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree attempted rape, among other charges.

This will be the first of three trials for Donah, one for each alleged victim. 

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