Fuller appears in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Devin Wayne Fuller, 20, 3567 Franklin St., Bellaire, appeared at a Friday pre-trial conference before Common Pleas judge John M. Solovan II to review information regarding issues such as jury selection before his upcoming capital murder trial Feb. 18.

He and Brandon Michael Phelps, 21, 1281 Birch St., Bellaire, are charged with four counts of aggravated murder, committed in the course of rape, of aggravated burglary, burglary and trespassing. Each count of murder carries a death penalty specification. The victim, Lydia Ashworth, was found dead in her home.

Solovan also granted a request for additional appropriations in the amount of $5,500 for the consulting defense psychologist.

Prosecution and defense also reviewed numerous requests for exception by potential jurors.

The next pre-trial was set for Jan. 10.