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    Pic of Lena Lunsford today on her way into court. Courtesy of twitter.
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    Lunsford probable cause hearing: Defense has multiple options

    5 hrs ago - November 16, 2016

    The probable cause hearing Wednesday for a former Bendale woman accused in her toddler’s death carries potential pluses and minuses for the defense.

    Lena Lunsford, 34, now of St. Petersburg, Florida, is to go before Special Magistrate John M. Coffman at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for the hearing. Coffman, after hearing evidence, then will rule whether probable cause exists. If he finds it does — which happens almost all the time because the standard is extremely low — the felony charge of death of a child by parent by child abuse heads to circuit court, where the next session of the grand jury is set to meet in March.

    If Coffman finds probable cause doesn’t exist, the case would be dismissed, although Lewis Prosecutor Christina Flanigan could attempt to have the charge lodged by grand jurors in the session meeting in March.

    But Lunsford and her lawyer, Barbara Harmon-Schamberger, also could choose to waive the right to a probable cause hearing, sending the matter to circuit court without a court session.


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    Leslie Rubin ‏@LeslieRubinWCHS 15m15 minutes ago

    Preliminary hearing for Lena Lunsford starting now



    Lunsford's attorney wants $250k cash only bond reduced. Says she is a candidate for HC with low bond


    State opposes any bond reduction. Cites concern for flight risk and criminal history


    Magistrate Coffman denies bond reduction citing safety of community and Lunsford herself


    Lunsford agrees to waive preliminary hearing in exchange for discovery from state. Lunsford says she understands she has a right to hearing


    Courtroom is full of press and security. Vickie Bowen, Aliayah's great aunt, is also here


    Case is now bound over to circuit court
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    Lena Lunsford waives preliminary hearing; bond reduction denied

    1 hr ago - November 16, 2016

    WESTON — Lena Lunsford, 34, who is accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter five years ago in Weston, waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Lewis County court.

    Special Magistrate John M. Coffman of Upshur County first addressed a bond reduction request by defense counsel, Barbara Harmon-Schamberger. That was denied due to the safety of the community and Ms. Lunsford, Coffman said.

    Due to the waiver, defense will receive an early look at the evidence the state has accumulated since the investigation began in September 2011 when Aliayah Lunsford, who would now be 8 years old, was reported missing.

    Prosecutor Christina Flanigan said the state would be making no comment at this time.


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    Lunsford waives preliminary hearing

    Nov 16, 2016

    WESTON — Lena Lunsford, who is accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter, Aliayah, five years ago, waived her preliminary hearing today in Lewis County Magistrate Court.

    Lunsford, 34, of Clearwater, Florida, was arrested Nov. 4 and booked into Central Regional Jail, where she remains on a $250,000 cash-only bond set by specially appointed Upshur County Magistrate Mike Coffman. She is charged with death of a child by parent by child abuse.

    Lunsford’s waiver means her case will be bound over to the Lewis County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury.

    She was represented by Barbara Schamberger as defense counsel. Coffman presided.


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    Lena Lunsford’s case bound over to Lewis County grand jury

    Nov 17, 2016

    WESTON — Lena Lunsford, who is accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter, Aliayah, five years ago, waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Lewis County Magistrate Court.

    Lunsford, 34, of Clearwater, Florida, was arrested Nov. 4 and booked into Central Regional Jail, where she remains on a $250,000 cash-only bond set by specially appointed Upshur County Magistrate Mike Coffman. She is charged with death of a child by parent by child abuse.

    Lunsford’s waiver means her case will be bound over to the Lewis County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury.

    She was represented by Barbara Schamberger as defense counsel. Prosecuting attorney Christina Flanagan represented the state. Coffman presided.

    Prior to the preliminary hearing, Schamberger presented a motion to reduce Lunsford’s bond. She noted Lunsford has been present at all of her court appearances and is not a flight risk.

    "She’s never run," Schamberger said.

    Flanagan said the state opposed a reduction in bond, saying the seriousness of the charges and Lunsford’s ties to other states made her a flight risk.

    Coffman denied the motion, partially due to the seriousness of the offense but also because he believed it was in Lunsford’s own best interest.

    "Based on the seriousness of the case but, more importantly, in the interest of the safety of the community and Ms. Lunsford herself, I’m going to deny the motion to reduce bond," Coffman said. "I understand the bond is substantial but, in this case, I think it’s warranted."


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    I had no idea this filthy bitch finally got arrested.

    I have a feeling that this poor little girl never knew a day of peace while alive and hope she is at peace now .

    I hope they hold LWZOP over this womans head until she gives up the location of the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Kids [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    I had no idea this filthy bitch finally got arrested.

    I have a feeling that this poor little girl never knew a day of peace while alive and hope she is at peace now .

    I hope they hold LWZOP over this womans head until she gives up the location of the body.
    Amen, 4k!

    Now if that would only happen...

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    Indictment in Lena Lunsford case

    March 06, 2017 at 5:21PM

    WESTON, W.Va. — A Lewis County mother has been indicted on a number of charges connected with the 2011 death of her 3-year-old daughter.

    Lena Lunsford was arrested in Pinellas County, Fla. last November.

    She was indicted Monday on one count of murder of a child by parent, guardian or custodian or other person by refusal or failure to necessities, one count of death of a child by parent, guardian, custodian or other person by child abuse, one count of child abuse resulting in injury and one count of concealment of a deceased human body.

    A Lewis County grand jury heard evidence in the case from prosecutors and agreed to indict.

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    Just stumbled across this. So happy they arrested her!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Just stumbled across this. So happy they arrested her!!
    Me too Dragon, I always felt she was the monster responsible for Aliayah's disappearance/death. It's a damn shame that it took the witness to Aliayah's death 5 years before coming forward with information.
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    The photos of that poor little girl broke my heart & still haunt me. I don't believe she had a happy moment in her short life. My hope is this baby killer suffers for the rest of her miserable life and then burns in hell.

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    UPDATE: Trial date set for Lena Lunsford

    Updated: Fri 10:13 AM, Mar 10, 2017

    Lena Lunsford entered the court room around 9:08 a.m. for her arraignment hearing.

    Lunsford denied the offer to have the indictment read aloud to her by the judge.

    The presiding judge then set a few dates for additional hearings in the case. They are as follows:

    - June 7th at 9:00 a.m.- Pre-trial Hearing
    - June 12th at 9:00 a.m. - Jury Selection
    - June 19th at 9:00 a.m. - Trial Start Date

    Lunsford's attorney requested dates later in the court term, however, the judge advised that the dates would be set for now, but a continuation could be requested at a later date.

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    Trial for Lena Lunsford delayed

    Updated: Thu 12:51 PM, May 18, 2017

    WESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Lena Lunsford's trial dates have been pushed back until October. She was supposed to go to trial next month.

    Lunsford Lunsford now has a new defense attorney who asked for the trial to be pushed back because they were "just not gonna be ready" and are "simply gonna need a little more time."

    Lunsford's pre-trial motions will be October 5 at 1:00 p.m. Her jury selection will be October 10 at 9:00 a.m. and her trial is set for October 12 at 9:00 am..

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    Lunsford Conaway's attorneys want to hire jury consultant

    1st step toward trying to change venue

    June 22, 2017

    WESTON — The attorneys for a woman accused in Lewis County in the alleged 2011 death of her 3-year-old daughter have filed a motion asking the West Virginia Public Defender Services be ordered to fund a jury consultant.

    The motion filed Thursday by court-appointed lawyers Zach Dyer and Tom Dyer on behalf of Lena Lunsford Conaway was anticipated. The attorneys previously had raised the possibility of seeking a change of venue for their client, citing public sentiment in North Central West Virginia. This could be the first step toward that.

    The Dyers anticipate jury consultant work would cost between $7,520 and $10,650, plus expenses.

    Jake Reger, chief judge in the Lewis/Upshur circuit, has set jury selection Oct. 10 in Lunsford Conaway's case. The trial will be held Oct. 12.

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    The Dyers believe the jury consultant will be necessary to gauge public sentiment in this case. In other high-profile cases in Lewis and in other counties, judges have called in large numbers of potential jurors to see if they can seat an impartial jury. But in some cases generating ample publicity, jury consultants have been used.

    They attached a quote from jury consulting firm Orion Strategies LLC, which has offices in Charleston and Buckhannon and was organized in 2007 by Curtis Wilkerson. He listed addresses in Buckhannon and Charleston on his filing with the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office.

    "The first half of the project consists of in-depth media and social media research to determine what presence the case has had in the region through various outlets and platforms," Wilkerson wrote.

    "Assembling the research of news and social media clips would be approximately $2,500-$3,800 plus expenses," he wrote.

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    don't bother hiring a jury consultant!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by protectkidz [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    don't bother hiring a jury consultant!!!!!
    Right, it's ridiculous!
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    Absolute waste of money, IMO.

    Interesting look at a what a jury consultant does and why they're hired:

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    Court sets change-of-venue hearing for Lunsford Conaway

    7/10/2017

    WESTON — A defense motion for a change of venue in the case of Lena Lunsford Conaway is set for 2 p.m. July 27 before Judge Jake Reger in Lewis County Circuit Court.

    Lunsford Conaway, 34, now of Florida, was indicted March 6 on four counts: Murder of a child by parent by failure to provide necessities, which carries a life sentence; death of a child by parent by child abuse, which carries up to 40 years in prison; child abuse resulting in injury, which carries 1-5 years; and concealment of a dead body, which also carries 1-5 years.

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    Defense attorneys Tom and Zach Dyer previously had raised the possibility of seeking a change of venue for their client, citing public sentiment in North Central West Virginia.

    The Dyers have proposed using a jury consultant to gauge public opinion in the county prior to Lunsford Conaway's jury selection, set for Oct. 10, and her trial, set to begin Oct. 12.

    But it probably would cost taxpayers between $7,520 and $10,650, plus expenses, the Dyers have informed the court.

    Reger has yet to rule on whether he will order the hiring of the jury consultant for the defendant, who is indigent.

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    Location of Lunsford trial subject of motions hearing Thursday

    July 26, 2017 at 3:02PM
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    WESTON, W.Va. — The location of Lena Lunsford-Conaway’s trial likely won’t be decided Thursday, but how Judge Jacob Reger makes that decision could be in play at a Thursday afternoon hearing.
    Judge Reger is expected to rule on whether Lunsford-Conaway’s defense team can hire a jury consultant to conduct a poll of the jury pool in Lewis and Upshur counties.
    The 34-year-old former Lewis County native is facing a litany of charges in the 2011 disappearance of her then three-year-old daughter Aliayah Lunsford, who is presumed dead. Aliayah Lunsford was the subject of an extensive search for more than five years before police ultimately charged Lena Lunsford last November while she was living in Pinellas County, Florida.
    Lunsford’s defense team, led by Clarksburg-based attorneys Tom and Zach Dyer, suggested in June that the court would not be able to seat an unbiased jury in Lewis County — or North Central West Virginia as a whole.

    “We’ve got a very opinionated potential jury panel down there in Lewis County, and we have concerns about Ms. Lunsford’s ability to get a fair trial there,” Tom Dyer told the AJR News Network on June 23.
    Dyer is ultimately seeking a change of venue, previously suggesting remote locations like Mingo County, Boone County, or the furthest counties removed from this case in the Eastern Panhandle.
    Judge Jacob Reger can make three determinations Thursday, according to Dyer. He could choose to allow the Dyer’s to hire a jury consultant, which would cost taxpayers between $7,520 and $10,650 plus expenses. Dyer claims the consultant would be cheaper than reaching the October 10 jury selection date and failing to seat a jury, which would result in a mistrial.

    Judge Reger could also choose to forgo the motion for a jury consultant and grant a change-of-venue. He could also deny the request entirely and continue with the trial in Lewis County Circuit Court. If Reger chooses the last option, jury selection is currently scheduled for October 10 in Lewis County Circuit Court. The trial is currently slated to begin October 12.

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    UPDATE: Trial for Aliayah Lunsford's mother slated to start in October

    UPDATE 7/26/17 @ 5:10 p.m.

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    LEWIS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman accused in the 2011 disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter will be back in court Thursday.

    Lena Lunsford-Conaway will appear in a Lewis County courtroom. The judge is expected to rule on whether Conaway's defense team can hire a jury consultant to conduct a poll of the jury pool.
    The search for 3-year-old Aliayah Lunsford continued for more than five years before Conaway was charged.
    Thursday, the judge could grant the motion, change the trial location or deny the request and continue with the trial.
    Jury selection is scheduled for Oct. 10, while the trial is set to begin Oct. 12.

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    Finally!!!!! Let's hope there are no shenanigans that delay the start of this trial.

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    I really hope the trial starts this time. It's been 6 years since baby Aliayah "disappeared."
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    UPDATE: Trial for Aliayah Lunsford's mother postponed until February
    Updated: Thu 3:21 PM, Oct 05, 2017
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    A murder trial in West Virginia has been postponed a second time for a woman charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter.

    The Exponent Telegram reports a Lewis County circuit judge Thursday rescheduled the trial of 35-year-old Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway to Feb. 13

    . Lunsford's trial originally was set to start in June and had been postponed to Oct. 10.
    Harrison County Prosecutor Christina Flanigan sought more time to review evidence

    Conaway is charged with murder of a child by parent by failure to provide necessities, death of a child by parent by child abuse, child abuse resulting in injury and concealment of a dead human body.
    She had reported her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, missing in 2011.
    According to a criminal complaint, witnesses saw Conaway bludgeoning the girl. The child's body hasn't been recovered.
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    Trial of 35-year-old Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway to Feb. 13, 2018

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    Just figured I'd update the thread.

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    Ex husband testimony

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    Guilty

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    Life in prison without mercy (no parole?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Kids [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Guilty
    Thank God.
    So sad for Ailayah and her sisters. I hope they have and are getting counseling for dealing and healing from this tragedy.

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