Jun 30, 2011 4:55 PM
A man accused in the hit-and-run death of a Lexington police officer last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the case Thursday.
Glenn Doneghy was also convicted of leaving the scene of an accident as the verdict was read just before 5 p.m.
The jury in the Doneghy trial deliberated for about 17 hours over two days before reaching the verdict at around 4 p.m. Thursday.
Attorneys from both sides gave their closing arguments earlier Wednesday and the jury deliberated for about 11 hours Wednesday before recessing just after midnight and resuming deliberations at about 10 a.m. Thursday.
Prosecutors say Doneghy was behind the wheel of the SUV that hit officer Bryan Durman as he responded to a noise complaint along Limestone in April 2010. Prosecutors say Doneghy intentionally hit Durman.
"We think that this is a wanton murder case," Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson said before jurors began deliberations Wednesday.
Defense attorneys contended no evidence existed that Doneghy intentionally hit Durman or even acted carelessly, saying if he bore any responsibility at all, he was merely reckless.
Before they began their deliberations, Judge James Ishmael Jr. instructed jurors to consider convicting Doneghy of murder, second-degree manslaughter, reckless homicide, or acquitting him.
The trial lasted about 2 1/2 weeks, had about 50 witnesses testify and over 100 pieces were placed into evidence.