Murder suspect waives his right to speedy trial
ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Brandon Michael Phelps, 20, 1281 Birch St., Bellaire, appeared before Judge Jennifer L. Sargus for his pre-trial Monday and waived speedy trial. Another re-trial was set for Jan 7.
Prosecutor Chris Berhalter reported the state was providing additional discovery including background information on witnesses.
Phelps and Devin Wayne Fuller, 19, 3567 Franklin St., Bellaire, are charged with four counts of aggravated murder, committed in the course of rape, of aggravated burglary, of burglary and of trespassing. Each count carries a death penalty specification. Both face two additional counts of trespassing.
The crimes are alleged to have taken place June 29-30. The victim, Lydia Ashworth, was found dead in her home.
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