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Fuller trial begins with high emotions

Updated: Monday, March 3 2014, 12:45 PM EST

 BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – The trial of Devin Wayne Fuller, a man accused along with another man in the rape and brutal killing of a 92-year-old Bellaire woman began Monday morning.

Only a few hours into it, things became extremely emotional.

After jurors were given their instructions, opening statements began with the state.

Assistant prosecuting attorney Kevin Flanagan began an emotional pitch to the jury, saying in part, “We’re not here to discuss 92-year-old Lydia Ashworth’s life, her light, her legacy … We’re here instead to talk about how she was brutally and tragically murdered.”

The defense took its turn with attorneys saying the state’s case is as thin as the single strand of hair used as DNA against Fuller. It went on to stay the state can’t prove Fuller is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

That determination will be up to a jury.

The victim’s daughter, Sylvia Eimer, was the first witnessed called upon by the state.

She described in detail the day of June 30, 2012, when they say she found her mother’s body.

She said when Eimer unlocked the door to her mother’s West Bellaire home, she found a door inside that had been broken and splintered.

That’s when she ran into her mother’s bedroom and found Lydia, half on the bed.

Eimer also noted items were taken from the home, upwards of $1,500, a jewelry box, and some personal papers.

Eimer tearfully said her mom was the greatest person she’s ever known, she’s proud to be her daughter, and that her mother didn’t deserve this.


Fuller trial begins with high emotions

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