Lena Lunsford Conaway, who is charged in the death of her then three-year-old daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, will appear in court for a jury consultant hearing scheduled for July 27, at 2 p.m. in Circuit Court.
One of her attorneys, Thomas Dyer, said Circuit Court Judge Jacob Reger could also make a decision on changing the venue.
Typically, a change of venue is not approved until after a jury pool has been brought in, but because of the high profile nature of the case it could be decided beforehand.
“It’s a big expense to taxpayers to call in a jury before changing the venue,” Dyer said in a phone interview.
If Judge Jacob Reger approves the motion for a jury consultant, the West Virginia Public Defenders Services would fund a jury consultant for as little as $7,520 up to $10,650 plus expenses.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Oct. 10, with a tentative trial date of Oct. 12.
An arrest warrant was issued for Lunsford Conaway in Nov. 2016, followed by her extradition from Florida. She is charged with the murder of a child by a parent by failing to provide necessities, death of a child by parent by child abuse, child abuse resulting in injury, and concealment of a dead body.
Her daughter, Aliayah, disappeared in 2011 from their home in Weston.