3:22pm

Wed June 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Trial in Police Officer's Murder Begins

A murder trial is underway in the death of a Lexington police officer. Glenn Doneghy,34, is accused of deliberately hitting police officer Bryan Durman in April of Last year. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lori Boling delivered an opening statement Tuesday for the prosecution. "After we present all of the evidence to you in this case, you will see that we have proven to you beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was driving his car the night Officer Durman was struck and killed."

Durman was responding to a nighttime noise complaint at the time of the incident. Defense attorney Kate Dunn says evidence will show Durman was standing in the road and was difficult to see.

"Part of the tragedy here is that as fine an officer as he was and as much service as he has contributed to this community, on this night he was careless."

The trial will focus largely on testimony from accident reconstructionists. Prosecutors plan to call an independent investigator to the stand.

"Based on his examination, he will testify about the dynamics of the crash and the behavior of the defendant driving the vehicle," said Boling.

But Dunn told jurors that there is no evidence that the SUV that hit Durman was speeding

"There's no evidence in this case that the car deviated in any way to deliberately hit Officer Durman."

His wife Brandy was the first witness to testify Tuesday. A jury of seven men and seven women will consider the case over the next two weeks.