Deliberations in Dashnaw trial continue: Verdict still looms in double murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by ANDREA VanVALKENBURG, Staff Writer   
Saturday, March 31, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — After about seven hours of deliberations Friday, the jury in Edward Dashnaw's double-murder trial went home for the weekend.
The jury of seven women and five men have spent about 10 hours so far considering the original 11-count indictment charging Dashnaw with the December 2005 slaying deaths of David and Lorraine Donivan.


Dashnaw was arrested several days after the Schuyler Falls couple was found slain and hidden in their 4 Birchwood Drive residence and House of Pine and Oak furniture-store business.
About a year after his arrest, the 38-year-old accused murderer went on trial for the deaths. The high-profile case has since become one of the longest trials in Clinton County history.
After more than two months of trial, the jury was presented with the case mid day Thursday.
Dashnaw faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
During the trial, District Attorney Andrew Wylie and Chief Assistant District Attorney Kristy Sprague presented more than 70 witnesses and introduced an array of evidence, including DNA, surveillance footage, photographs and bloody items belonging to the Donivans.
The two-member defense team, led by attorney Stephen Johnston, later presented 10 witnesses to contest the prosecution's case.


As deliberations continued Friday, family and friends of the Donivans and Dashnaw waited inside the Clinton County Government Center anxiously awaiting a verdict.
The jury returned to Judge Patrick McGill's courtroom to have some testimony read back and to review portions of surveillance footage that was collected during the lengthy double-homicide investigation.
The jury will return to court Monday at 9:30 a.m.



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