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Day 2: Validity of evidence questioned in Belmont murder trial

Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 01:15 PM EST

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BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – The second day in the trial for one of the men accused in the rape and killing of 92-year-old Lydia Ashworth in June 2012 continued Tuesday in the Belmont County Courthouse.

Devin Wayne Fuller, who along with co-defendant Brandon Michael Phelps, is accused of the crime and could face the death penalty.

The state called its fifth witness to the stand in Andrew Sawin, a forensic scientist for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Evidence from the crime scene was transferred to Sawin for testing in 2012.

Sawin testified that he pulled a number of single hairs from Ashworth’s sheets and bedding not believed to be hers. He said some hairs were dark brown and reddish in color. Those were sent away for more testing.

During cross-examination, defense attorneys questioned the validity of the evidence and the process in which scientists and investigators keep evidence from being compromised.

The trial continues Wednesday afternoon. NEWS9’s Kate Davison will be live tweeting during the proceedings. You can follow her @KateWTOV9 or @WTOV9. Stick with NEWS9 and WTOV9.com for updates.

 

Day 2: Validity of evidence questioned in Belmont murder trial


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