Anger stirs over delay of Lunsford trial

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WESTON, W.Va. (WDTV)- The trial for the Lewis County woman indicted on murder charges for the death of her daughter was supposed to be next month. Now that it's not, some of you in the community feel frustrated the case is being drawn out.

Lena Lunsford's trial has been pushed back to October because her new defense attorney says they just need more time. But for one woman who spent weeks searching for the missing three-year old Aliayah, nearly six years of waiting has been long enough.

"Angry, it makes you angry," said Mandi Hall. "It just kind of resurfaces everything that you've felt all these years."

Hall's daughter is around the same age Aliayah would have been. Now she watches her own daughter grow up and still feels for the daughter who will never come home.

"You can kind of put yourself in their position," she continued. "About how you would want people to help you if you were the mother."

Now she sees things quite differently. Hall believes the amount of evidence she thinks exists against Lunsford should make for a speedy case. But it's just that, the amount of information, that is holding things up in court.

"I've never seen anything quite like this," said Tom Dyer, Lunsford's defense attorney. "There's a couple small mountains of evidence to go through."

Dyer later corrected the word "evidence" to "information." He says, for example, they have about 150 discs of information to investigate.

Dyer tells 5 News they will most likely seek a change of venue for the trial in coming weeks. Lunsford's trial is set for October 12.