Lunsford Conaway files appeal after being sentenced to life in prison for young daughter's murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Lena Lunsford Conaway’s new defense attorney, Jeremy Cooper, filed a brief on Monday to the West Virginia Supreme Court.

This appeal is on behalf of Lunsford, who is serving life in prison without parole for the death of her 3-year-old daughter, Aaliyah Lunsford.

According to Cooper, this appeal is to toss the conviction and acquit Lunsford for lack of evidence.

During a trial in April, Lunsford's then-defense attorney Tom Dyer repeatedly argued that without Aaliyah's body, there was no proof of a cause of death.

Lunsford was convicted after two of her daughters testified against her, recalling how Lunsford had hit Aaliyah with a wooden bed slat before hiding the body.

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