ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– A judge has determined there is enough evidence for a man accused in a hit and run that left an Englewood police officer dead, to stand trial.
Conner Donohue faces vehicular homicide and DUI charges in the death of Jeremy Bitner in May.
Investigators testified at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial on Tuesday that Donohue, 20, admitted he had been drinking and should never have been driving.
Investigators also said Donohue had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. Investigators testified that Donohue told them he had consumed two beers, three shots and a large rum and Coke.
Donohue told police he thought he only nicked another car and when he was told that he struck a police officer, he began shaking and put his head into his hands.
Bitner, 39, was an eight year veteran of the Englewood Police Department. He left behind a wife and two children.
Bitner’s widow was in court and listened to the testimony that would eventually determine that Donahue would stand trial in her husband’s death. At times she cried and during other testimony she closed her eyes.
Investigators testified that Bitner was carried on the windshield of Donahue’s car for more than 70 feet before falling off.
Donohue is scheduled to return to court August 13.