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06-22-2010, 10:00 PM
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Lexington man indicted on murder charge in officer's hit-and-run case
By Karla Ward - kward1@herald-leader.com A Fayette County grand jury indicted a man on a murder charge in the hit-and-run death of a Lexington police officer.

Glenn Rahan Doneghy, 33, was indicted Tuesday in the death of Officer Bryan Durman.

Durman, 27, was hit while investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone about 10 p.m. on April 29.

Glenn Doneghy

Lexington police Officer Bryan J. Durman

The indictment says Doneghy "knew or should have known that the accident resulted in the death or serious injury of a person," but that he didn't stop to help.

During a preliminary hearing last month in Fayette District Court, defense attorney Kate Dunn argued that lesser charges — such as reckless homicide or second-degree manslaughter — would be more appropriate and reasonable for Doneghy. She said there was no evidence that Doneghy operated his SUV in extreme indifference to human life, which would support a murder charge. The attorney said there was no indication that Doneghy was driving recklessly or too fast.

"I'm not shocked that the grand jury has returned an indictment for murder, but I certainly also know the grand jury doesn't hear the whole story," Dunn said Tuesday. "I do expect in the trial of this case that it's going to be shown quite readily that this is not murder."

Defendants in cases like Doneghy's are usually charged with one of three offenses: reckless homicide, which carries a sentence of one to five years; second-degree manslaughter, five to 10 years; or wanton murder, 20 years to life.

In second-degree manslaughter and wanton murder, the suspect knows that his actions could cause serious injury or death but consciously disregards the risk. But in the case of murder, he or she shows "extreme indifference to human life."

Juries considering the murder charge often are also asked to consider whether the defendant should be convicted of reckless homicide. Under that charge, the defendant fails to perceive a risk of serious injury or death that he should have known existed.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have said that what happens to a defendant can depend on facts such as how fast the defendant was driving, how much he had to drink and how reckless he was.

The grand jury establishes probable cause based only on the testimony of the prosecutor. Dunn said she did not ask for Doneghy to address the grand jury because the accused is not permitted to have a lawyer present.

"There aren't very many defense attorneys who will send their clients under those circumstances," she said.

Doneghy's sister, Glynise Doneghy, declined to comment.

In addition to murder, Doneghy also has been indicted on charges of leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance; second-degree assault; four counts of third-degree assault; first-degree possession of a controlled substance; possession of marijuana; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

The assault charges stem from police allegations that Doneghy attacked them as they were executing a search warrant at his apartment after Durman was hit.

Doneghy cut one with an knife and threw "a caustic substance" on three others, according to the indictment. Court records show that a fifth officer sustained abrasions on his hand and elbow.

Doneghy is being held at the Fayette County jail on $500,000 bond.

Last month, Durman's widow filed a lawsuit against Doneghy. The lawsuit says that as a result of Durman's death his wife, Brandy, "has lost the love, affection, companionship and consortium" of her husband. The lawsuit also says their 4-year-old son, Brayden, "has lost the love, affection and companionship" of his father.


12-26-2010, 03:21 PM
Judge Refuses To Dismiss Indictment In Alleged Murder Of Lexington Police Officer
Posted: Nov 12, 2010 4:24 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2010 5:47 PM

A judge in the case of a man accused of killing a Lexington Police officer denied a defense motion to have the indictment in the case thrown out.

There were questions about the fairness of an indictment in the hit-and-run death of Lexington Police officer Bryan Durman. The defense for the suspect in the murder case, Glenn Doneghy, said testimony given by one of the homicide investigators to the grand jury was untruthful.

Lawyers argued the statement by police that Doneghy deviated from his course of travel to strike Durman was based on belief, not fact. Durman was out checking on a noise complaint back in April when he was hit and killed.

Prosecutors maintained that their witness said nothing wrong, and in the end, the judge upheld the indictment.

Doneghy's trail date has not been set.


02-12-2016, 06:49 AM

February 9, 2016 8:34 PM
Lexington police officer's killer to appear before parole board next week

Officer Bryan Durman died after being hit by Glenn Doneghy’s SUV

Doneghy was convicted of second-degree manslaughter, other crimes in 2011


Glenn Doneghy goes before the Kentucky Parole Board on Monday, and Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson said his office will have representatives there to oppose his release.

Doneghy, 39, is serving a 20-year sentence for second-degree manslaughter and other charges in the 2010 death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman.

Durman’s wife, Brandy Durman, started a petition on Change.org a month ago. By Tuesday night, more than 5,500 people had signed it, saying they think Doneghy should have to serve out the rest of his sentence.

Larson shared the petition on his Facebook page Tuesday, saying “We will attend that parole board hearing to oppose his release. You can participate by signing the following petition which indicates YOUR opposition to the parole of this killer.”

02-12-2016, 01:16 PM
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