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Donovan Trial Begins

By Jeremy Hylton
Editor in Chief

Jury selection will continue today in the trial of Joseph D. Donovan. Donovan is charged with murder and two counts of armed robbery in connection with the fatal stabbing of Yngve K. Raustein '94 on Sept. 18, 1992.

Jury selection will probably conclude today and the actual trial will begin, according to Jill Reilly, spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney.

The trial will probably last at least a week, but how long is hard to say, Reilly said.

Donovan, Shon McHugh, and Alfredo Velez confronted Raustein and Arne Fredheim G on Memorial Drive near Hayden Library on Sept. 18, 1992. The district attorney's office alleges that Donovan punched Raustein in the face and then robbed him. Velez robbed Fredheim and when Raustein started to get up, McHugh stabbed him.

McHugh was convicted of first degree murder in juvenile court on Oct. 7 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Donovan, who was 17 at the time of the murder, and Velez, who was 18, are being tried as adults in Cambridge District Court. Velez is also charged with murder and two counts of armed robbery. His trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 25.

McHugh was convicted in a trial without a jury. District Judge John Brandt found him guilty after a 3-day trial and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

Under the Massachusetts juvenile murder law, McHugh was granted an automatic appeal. The pre-trial conference for the appeal is scheduled for Nov. 5. In the new trial, McHugh will be tried before a 12-person jury.

Brandt will not preside over McHugh's new trial, but the case has not been assigned to a new judge yet.

At a typical pre-trial conference, attorneys discuss their progress in collecting evidence and preparing arguments for the trial. Because this is the second trial for McHugh, the conference will serve primarily to inform the new judge and the case should move quickly to trial, Reilly said.