Attorneys Tom and Zach Dyer, representing Lena Lunsford Conaway, 34, recently filed a motion to obtain a publicly-funded jury consultant.
Lunsford Conaway 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 the concealment of a dead body. Her daughter, Aliayah, disappeared in 2011 from their home in Weston at the age of three.
The jury consultant sought by her attorneys would create a study to determine that Lewis County residents have made a decision on Lunsford-Conaway’s guilt or innocence prior to jury selection.
Dyer said, “I don’t think anybody involved with the case...would deny that it’s highly unlikely we’ll be able to pick a jury out of Lewis County.”
He wishes to address the issue in hopes of keeping a fall trial date, but in a new venue.
If Judge Jacob Reger approves the motion, the WV 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.