Lunsford asks for Continuance


Lena Lunsford Conaway, who faces charges in the death of her toddler daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, has filed a motion in the 26th Judicial Circuit Court asking for a continuance in the case.
Grand Jury indicted her in March on one count of murder of a child by parent, guardian or custodian or other person by refusal or failure to provide necessities, one count death of a child by a parent, guardian, custodian or other person by child abuse, one count child abuse resulting in injury and one count concealment of deceased human body, all felonies.
Circuit Court Judge Jacob Reger has not yet responded to the motion filed by one of Conaway’s attornies, Thomas Dyer.
Dyer cited that additional time is needed for discovery review, witness interviews and trial preparation with the defendant. Currently, Conaway’s pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 7, at 9 a.m. Jury selection will be June 12, at 9 a.m., and her trial is set to start June 19, at 9 a.m.
The indictment alleges that Conaway, between Sept. 23, 2011, and Sept. 24, 2011,
murdered Aliayah by allegedly not seeking medical care after striking the toddler in the head with a solid handheld object, which ultimately caused her death.
The indictment alleges under the count of child abuse that the abuse caused serious bodily injury to Aliayah. Remains of the toddler have not yet been located, but investigators are still searching.
Reger set Conaway’s pre-trial hearing for 9 a.m., June 7. Jury selection will be 9 a.m., June 12, and her trial slated for 9 a.m., June 19
The indictment further alleges that sometime on Sept. 24, 2011, Conaway drove then 3-year-old Aliayah’s body away from the place of her death and hid her on land west of Weston, outside city limits.
The indictment alleges that Conaway, between Sept. 23, 2011, and Sept. 24, 2011,
murdered Aliayah by allegedly not seeking medical care after striking the toddler in the head with a solid handheld object, which ultimately caused her death.
The indictment alleges under the count of child abuse that the abuse caused serious bodily injury to Aliayah.


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