NY Supreme Court Upholds Edward Dashnaw's Double Murder Conviction

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/18 2014 03:06PM

Updated 04/18 2014 06:16PM

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -  The New York Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Edward Dashnaw for the double murders of David and Lorraine Donivan. 

A press release says in his appeal, Dashnaw claimed that he was wrongly convicted based on lack of evidence, an unfair trial, and ineffective assistance of counsel. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie disagreed and said that the jury returned a guilty verdict after a fair trial. 

After reviewing the case, the court upheld the entire conviction. The court stated that there was overwhelming proof that the defendant was the perpetrator of the crimes and that the defendant received effective assistance of counsel. The trial also satisfied all Constitutional safeguards.

Dashnaw appealed his conviction in his 2011 retrial and conviction of two counts of 1st degree murder, two counts of 2nd degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of 4th degree grand larceny, and three counts of 5th degree criminal possession of stolen property. 

Dashnaw was sentenced to serve life without parole.

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