Trial continues for Monroeville man charged in kidnapping, strangulation case
During the second day of Calvin McDonald’s rape and kidnapping trial, one expert witness traced the path taken by a minivan at the time prosecutors say the defendant was driving his duct-tape-bound girlfriend toward Wheeling, W.Va.
A second expert testified that Mr. McDonald was in a dissociative state after he suffered a flashback to severe abuse he suffered as a child, and that he has no memory of the incident.
Jurors heard the testimony Wednesday in the courtroom of Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Alexander P. Bicket. Mr. McDonald, 31, of Monroeville, is charged with criminal attempt to murder, kidnapping, rape, endangering the welfare of children and other charges.
The prosecution, led by assistant district attorney Edward Scheid, called Matthew Rosenberg, an electronic device forensic expert with the Allegheny County Police, as a witness. Mr. Rosenberg showed a map of cell phone tower “hits” that revealed a path from Monroeville to the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border on June 17, 2016 — the day Mr. McDonald’s girlfriend of five years testified that she was sexually assaulted and then later choked, bound with duct tape and driven in the back of a minivan to Wheeling with her two young daughters in the vehicle.