Murder suspect's attorney says police officer's death was accident

Prosecutors say Glenn Doneghy veered his SUV into the path of Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman killing him and then sped off. His attorney says it was an accident.

Glenn Doneghy is accused of hitting Officer Durman with an SUV on Alabama Ave. April 29th, then taking off.

Doneghy was arrested after a standoff at an apartment building off North Broadway.

During a preliminary hearing today a homicide detective testified about the events both before and after Durman's death.

Detective David Richardson says Doneghy's SUV was spotted by witnesses changing it's direction on Limestone in order to hit the officer.

Durman was on the street talking with a driver in his car about a noise complaint.

Kate Dunn, Doneghy's attorney says Durman was hardly visible on the narrow street, with his car parked away from him and no flashing lights.

Dunn says the officer was never seen by Doneghy and was killed by accident.

Richardson testified that after the collision the SUV never hit the brakes and passed three other vehicles, running a red light to leave the scene.

The Detective also told the court about how Doneghy resisted arrest.

He says Doneghy threw an unknown liquid on a group of officers during a standoff, saying two officers had to be treated for a burning sensation on their skin.

Dunn says if anything was thrown, it was an alcoholic drink.

Another officer had to be treated on the scene after Richardson claims Doneghy stabbed the cop with a knife.

Blood and urine tests were taken shortly after the arrest but police are still waiting for lab results.

Officer Durman was laid to rest last week after a procession through much of Lexington.

He was the first Lexington Police officer to die in the line of duty in the past 25 years.

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