GUILTY WV - Aliayah Lunsford, 3, Lewis Co., 24 Sep 2011 #14 *APPEAL*

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  1. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Monday, July 2nd:
    *Formal Sentencing (@ 2pm ET) - WV - Aliayah Lunsford (3) (Sept. 24, 2011) - Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway (34), "mom" indicted (3/6/16) with 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. Plead not guilty.
    4/23/18: After 2 hours of deliberations:
    On the charge of murder of a child by a parent by failure to provide necessities: Guilty
    On the charge of death of a child by parent by child abuse: Guilty
    On the charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury: Guilty
    On the charge of concealment of a dead body: Guilty

    The jury will decide tomorrow (4/24) if she will be granted mercy or no mercy on the murder charge.
    4/24/18: The Lewis County jury has recommended no mercy for Lena Lunsford-Conaway. That means she'll be sentenced to life in prison, and she won't be eligible for parole. That's just for the murder conviction. Lunsford-Conaway will have another sentencing hearing for the other convictions. The sentences for those other convictions will be in addition to the life sentence for murder. Judge Jacob Reger schedules sentencing for Lena Lunsford on June 28 at 9 a.m. Four convictions ranging from murder to child abuse to concealment of a deceased body in case of missing 3-year-old daughter Aliayah.

    5/18/18: The defense attorney for Lunsford Conaway says he plans on filing motions that are "outside the typical post-trial motions." Dyer said a motion hearing for Monday was canceled. Dyer said the scheduled hearing was pretty standard for post-trial convictions, but that he needs more time to file other motions.
    6/1/18: During this hearing today, defense attorney Tom Dyer is expected to seek a post-verdict judgment of acquittal. It's also likely that he will allege that state didn't share potentially exculpatory evidence with Lunsford Conaway, 35. On the latter issue, Dyer would ask Chief Judge Jake Reger to toss out the guilty verdicts a Lewis County jury returned against Lunsford Conaway."
    6/1/18 Update: Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Christina Flannigan asks for “a week or two” to review the motions filed by Tom Dyer. Dyer has no objections to the request. Consequently, a post-trial motions hearing was held on 6/21.
    6/21/18 Update: Judge denies motion for new trial, but does give defense a continuance of sentencing date. Moved from June 28th to July 2nd.
     
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    WESTON, W.Va. — Nearly seven years after the disappearance of her daughter, Lena Lunsford Conaway will learn her fate.

    Lunsford will walk into the Lewis County Circuit Courtroom of Judge Jake Reger Monday afternoon facing the near certainty of a life sentence in the presumed 2011 death of then 3-year-old Aliayah Lunsford.

    [...]

    Dyer has previously told MetroNews he expects this case to reach the state Supreme Court.

    WV MetroNews – Lunsford Conaway to appear for sentencing Monday
     
  3. MountainLover

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    Leslie Rubin is covering the sentencing-here's this from Lena:
    Leslie Rubin on Twitter
    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    God bless the family that adopted all the kids. Lena finally got what she deserved, and the kids are in a loving home. Justice has been served!
     
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    This is the updated news re the appeal:

    Kingwood attorney Jeremy B. Cooper will have until Jan. 7 to file the finalized appeal on behalf of Lena Lunsford Conaway, 36, a prisoner at Lakin Correctional Center.

    The state Attorney General’s Office then will have either until Feb. 21 — or 45 days from the date the appeal is submitted — to file a response, the Supreme Court has ruled.

    Cooper then will have 20 days to respond to that submission.

    Appeal in Aliayah Lunsford slaying case due Jan. 7 with WV Supreme Court
     
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    I don't know how I missed this. I am thankful that Aliayah has finally got justice.
     
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    Monday, Jan. 7th:
    *Appeal (@ ET) - WV - Aliayah Lunsford (3) (Sept. 24, 2011) - Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway (34), "mom" indicted (3/6/16) with 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. Plead not guilty.
    4/23/18: After 2 hours of deliberations:
    On the charge of murder of a child by a parent by failure to provide necessities: Guilty
    On the charge of death of a child by parent by child abuse: Guilty
    On the charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury: Guilty
    On the charge of concealment of a dead body: Guilty

    The jury will decide tomorrow (4/24) if she will be granted mercy or no mercy on the murder charge.

    4/24/18: The Lewis County jury has recommended no mercy for Lena Lunsford-Conaway. That means she'll be sentenced to life in prison, and she won't be eligible for parole. That's just for the murder conviction. Lunsford-Conaway will have another sentencing hearing for the other convictions. The sentences for those other convictions will be in addition to the life sentence for murder. Judge Jacob Reger schedules sentencing for Lena Lunsford on June 28 at 9 a.m. Four convictions ranging from murder to child abuse to concealment of a deceased body in case of missing 3-year-old daughter Aliayah.
    5/18/18: The defense attorney for Lunsford Conaway says he plans on filing motions that are "outside the typical post-trial motions." Dyer said a motion hearing for Monday was canceled. Dyer said the scheduled hearing was pretty standard for post-trial convictions, but that he needs more time to file other motions.
    6/1/18: During this hearing today, defense attorney Tom Dyer is expected to seek a post-verdict judgment of acquittal. It's also likely that he will allege that state didn't share potentially exculpatory evidence with Lunsford Conaway, 35. On the latter issue, Dyer would ask Chief Judge Jake Reger to toss out the guilty verdicts a Lewis County jury returned against Lunsford Conaway."

    6/1/18 Update: Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Christina Flannigan asks for “a week or two” to review the motions filed by Tom Dyer. Dyer has no objections to the request. Conseuently, a post-trial motions hearing was held on 6/21.
    6/21/18 Update: Judge denies motion for new trial, but does give defense a continuance of sentencing date. Moved from June 28th to July 2nd.
    12/15/18 Update: Appeal deadline for W. Virginia Supreme Court. Kingwood attorney Jeremy B. Cooper will have until Jan. 7 to file the finalized appeal on behalf of Lena Lunsford Conaway, 36, a prisoner at Lakin Correctional Center. The state Attorney General’s Office then will have either until Feb. 21 — or 45 days from the date the appeal is submitted — to file a response, the Supreme Court has ruled. Cooper then will have 20 days to respond to that submission.

     
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    On MountainLovers link, the bottom has all the pages of the appeal.
    There are 9 assignment of error(s).
    All are ridiculous.


    (also, I'm updating the Case Archive, Justice for Aliayah section)
     
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    Those “errors” are pretty flimsy seeing as how each one of them were addressed already. For example, she requested a change of venue (as was her right) but was denied (because the judge determined her case didn’t fit the parameters to grant it).
     
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    Great set of errors. How 'bout this one. The Petitioner erred by killing her child.
     

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