Fuller in pre-trial

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.

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, of burglary and of trespassing. Each count of murder carries a death penalty specification.

Prosecution and defense discussed the juror questionnaires and confirmed that evidence sharing was complete.

The final pre-trial will be held Dec. 20, 1 p.m. Trial is set for Feb. 18 and is expected to last as long as five days. The crimes were alleged to have taken place last June.

The victim, Lydia Ashworth, was found dead in her home.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com