Two Held in Bellaire Woman’s Murder

BELLAIRE – Devin Fuller and Brandon Phelps remain behind bars today after being charged Wednesday with murdering a 92-year-old woman inside her Bellaire home in June.

Fuller, 19, of Bellaire is being held without bond in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville. Phelps, 20, also of Bellaire, is being denied bond in the Belmont County Jail. Both men face a charge of aggravated murder and could receive the death penalty if convicted.

Fuller will remain in custody in West Virginia pending an extradition hearing before an Ohio County Circuit Court judge, which had not yet been scheduled Wednesday.

Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk said Phelps was already being held in jail on unrelated charges, and officers served him with a warrant Wednesday. Kovalyk did not know if an initial appearance hearing had been scheduled for Phelps.

Wheeling police arrested Fuller without incident just before noon Wednesday at a National Road restaurant where he reportedly is employed, said Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball.

He made an made an initial appearance before Ohio County Magistrate Charlie Murphy before being transported to jail.

On June 30, Lydia Ashworth was found dead inside her 124 Fourth Ave. home by a family member who became concerned after not being able to get in touch with her.

Bellaire police have released few details about the murder, but have said Ashworth’s killer entered through the rear of the home and that robbery was the apparent motive.