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Sentencing phase begins in Belmont County murder trial

Updated: Monday, March 10 2014, 06:26 PM EDT

WTOV9.com

 BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – The sentencing phase to decide the fate of Devin Wayne Fuller, who was convicted last week in the

killing of 92-year-old Lydia Ashworth in June 2012, began Monday in the Belmont County Courthouse.

During this phase, jury members have the option of choosing life in prison with the opportunity for parole after 25 years, or after 30 years, or life without parole. The most serious potential sentence is the death penalty.

The majority of Monday’s proceedings held emotional testimony by a number of witnesses called by the defense.

Included were Fuller’s mother, aunt, and lifelong family and friends, who all testified that Fuller had a turbulent childhood.

Psychologist Dr. Bob Stinson reviewed Fuller’s records, family history and conducted a personal examination. Stinson said Fuller went untreated for several mental disorders over the course of his young life.

He said it’s hard to imagine a child could have gone through that kind of abuse over an elongated period of time and it not result in at least some sort of disorder.

He diagnosed Fuller with chronic and severe post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and antisocial personality disorder followed by substance use disorder with alcohol, cocaine and a number of other factors included in that.

A sentence could be handed down Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

Sentencing phase begins in Belmont County murder trial


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