Conaway asks that back court records reflect new surname


Lena Marie Conaway, a.k.a Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway, 35, formerly of Florida, appeared in Lewis County Circuit Court, asking that court records reflect her name change to Lena Marie Conaway. The court only granted future filing of Conaway’s to reflect the name change.
Conaway also requested the appointment of Lonnie Simmons to her case, claiming conflicts of interest with trial attorney Tom Dyer, which prohibited Conaway from receiving the best possible representation. Conaway was found guilty of murder of a child by parent by failure to provide necessities, death of a child by parent by child abuse, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, and concealment of a dead body in the death of three year old Aliayah Lunsford in April.
Conaway had in her possession a letter from Simmons that stated his willingness to work on the case, however the court received the same letter, adding it does not state that representation would be pro bono. The court denied the appointment of Simmons, clarifying that they had never allowed the defendant to choose her own counsel.
After a brief recess, Conaway withdrew her motion for new counsel, pending her contact with Simmons about pro bono status. She did agree to allow attorney Jeremy Cooper to lead her appeal with Dyer serving as co-counsel. Both attorneys agreed to remain as counsel, and that the time remaining is adequate to file Conaway’s appeal.
Tobias Nance, 22, of Wayne, MI, who was indicted on two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, and two counts of conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of an access device, felonies, accepted a plea agreement, entering a guilty plea. His sentencing is scheduled for November.
Scott Bryde, 40, of Nutter Fort, who was charged with fraud, was found in violation of his probation. The court revoked his probation and sent him to jail to complete his sentence. He was sentenced to four years each on two counts of fraudulent use of an access device to run consecutively. He must pay restitution within 18 months.
Hannah Wickline, 19, of Weston, who was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, Methamphetamine, felonies, had her bond set at $2,500 personal recognizance, and her adjudicatory hearing is scheduled for November.
Denolius Phillips, 22, of Sutton/Inkster, MI who was indicted on two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, and two counts of conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of an access device, felonies, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of an access device. Restitution in the total amount of $874.16 must be paid, and his sentencing is scheduled for November.
Steven Lockhart, 26, of Weston, who was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine, and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Methamphetamine, felonies, was found in violation of his bail after making admissions to allegations he was in violation. The court revoked his probation, and reinstated his sentence of one to five years on delivery of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine.


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