WESTON, W.Va. — No decisions were made in a pre-trial motions hearing for Lena Lunsford-Conaway Thursday.
Defense attorney Tom Dyer and Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Christine Flannigan opted to handle the matters without the prosecution.
“While I was in my prior hearing, my dad and Christine were meeting about whatever pre-trial motions are still outstanding and trying to work those out and come to an agreement on those motions rather than have the court make a judgment on them,” fellow defense attorney Zack Dyer said. “That’s typically how we work anyway. We don’t like a lot of argument. We like to compromise where we can.”
The Dyers and the state hope to reach a peaceful resolution on their own so to not “bog the court down with a bunch of court orders,” Zack Dyer said.
One motion, filed by Zack Dyer, was a request for individual voir dire of the jurors.
“To be able to talk to them individually if they present any bias when questioned by the judge,” he said. “That will be for next week’s jury selection.”
The 34-year-old former Lewis County resident is charged in the 2011 disappearance and presumed death of her then 3-year-old daughter, Aliayah Lunsford.
Jury selection is scheduled for April 12. Trial will begin on April 16.