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Kevin Donovan listens to his attorney, Dan Campion, during a dangerousness hearing at Framingham District Court.
By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Sep 16, 2008 @ 12:46 AM
A man who led police on a seven-hour manhunt on Sept. 3 was declared a danger to the public at a hearing yesterday in Framingham District Court.
Kevin Donovan, 53, of Framingham will be held without bail at Middlesex Jail in Cambridge after Judge Douglas Stoddart determined he was a danger to the public.
Donovan, of 27 Nadine Road, was arrested Friday and formally charged with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Donovan, held at the MetroWest Medical Center's Leonard Morse campus in Natick since his arrest, was undergoing a mental evaluation, which ended on Friday.
On Sept. 3, police shut down portions of north Framingham after they said Donovan told his estranged wife he planned on killing himself by having a police officer shoot him.
Donovan ran into the woods armed with a knife, and police used search dogs and helicopters to look for him. Several schools were put on lockdown while the search continued.
When Donovan was finally found near his Nadine Road home, he had two knives and a pair of handcuffs.
After yesterday's dangerousness hearing, Donovan's lawyer, Daniel Campion, filed papers indicating his client planned to plead guilty.
Prosecutor Dave Clayton told Judge Sarah Singer he planned to recommend Donovan be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital.
When Singer asked the required question about whether Donovan was confident in his lawyer's advice, Donovan refused to answer, angering his lawyer.
"If he's not satisfied, he can get another lawyer," Campion said.
The plea hearing was canceled, and Campion withdrew as Donovan's attorney.
Donovan is due back in court on Sept. 24 for a pretrial conference.