Jurors To Pick Fate In Murder
ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A decision on whether Devin Wayne Fuller will face the death penalty could come today following testimony and deliberation Monday in Belmont County Common Pleas court.
The jury Thursday convicted Fuller, 20, of 3567 Franklin St., Bellaire of murdering 92-year-old Lydia Ashworth in June 2012 inside her West Bellaire home. The jury returned guilty verdicts on one count of aggravated murder committed in the course of aggravated burglary, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of burglary following a three-day trial and several hours of deliberation.
On Monday, the jury was tasked with deciding what type of sentence Fuller will face. They have the option of choosing life in prison with the opportunity for parole after 25 or 30 years. They also have an option to choose life without parole or sentence Fuller to the death penalty.
Members of Fuller’s family, including his mother and aunt, testified that Fuller experienced a traumatic childhood. That testimony was backed by that of psychologist Bob Stinson, who said Fuller has several untreated mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, antisocial disorder and bipolar disorder. Stinson also testified that Fuller has a history of substance abuse involving alcohol and cocaine.
The jury is set to reconvene this morning, with a decision expected today or Wednesday.
Fuller’s co-defendant in the trial, Brandon Michael Phelps, 1281 Birch St., Bellaire is set to stand trial for his involvement in the case March 31, with jury selection beginning March 27.