Murder trial continued

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Devin Wayne Fuller, 19, 3567 Franklin St., Bellaire appeared before Judge John M. Solovan II Friday and waived time.

His Dec. 17 trial date was continued with no replacement date yet set.

Another status conference was scheduled for Dec. 21, 1 p.m.

Prosecutor Chris Berhalter represented the state. Jerry McHenry and William J. Mooney, assistant state public defenders, represented Fuller.

Fuller and Brandon Michael Phelps, 20, 1281 Birch St., Bellaire are charged with four counts of aggravated murder, committed in the course of rape, of aggravated burglary, of burglary and of trespassing. Each count carries a death penalty specification.

Both face two additional counts of trespassing.

The crimes are alleged to have taken place June 29-30.

The victim, Lydia Ashworth, was found dead in her home.

Solovan granted several motions for the defense including requests for sharing of evidence and access to the crime scene.

The state will also provide $3,500 for a defense investigator and $5,500 for a psychologist’s evaluation.

McHenry said additional funds for evidentiary studies may also be requested.

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