State rests in Lunsford Conaway trial
The state has rested its case in the murder trial for Lena Lunsford Conaway, shortly after another sister of Aliayah took the witness stand.
Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Christina Flanigan called one witness on the fifth day of the trial on Friday. The sister, K.C., testified that she was afraid of Lunsford Conaway and that's a reason why she didn't say anything about the alleged incident. When asked why she was afraid of her mother, K.C. said one of Lunsford Conaway's favorite lines was "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
K.C. said she remembers hearing Aliayah get hit on Sept. 23, 2011, and that she did not see Aliayah get hit, but remembered hearing a loud noise.
K.C. said that she and D.C., who testified earlier in the week, put Aliayah to bed after the alleged hit to the head. The sister stated concern about Aliayah being sick earlier in the week, and when she and her other sister put Aliayah to bed, Aliayah said she felt like her head was going to explode. K.C. testified that she also felt a soft spot on her head.
When K.C. woke up the next morning on Sept. 24, 2011, she went to talk with Lunsford Conaway in her bedroom. Shortly after, K.C. said she went to get Aliayah but she wasn't breathing.
K.C. testified that Lunsford Conaway did several things to revive Aliayah, including CPR as well as using a tub of cold water. She says she and the sister suggested calling for help, but Lunsford Conaway blew it off.
K.C. says that's when Lunsford Conaway put clothes in a hamper and then three-year-old Aliayah and then more clothes. She says that's when they got in the van and drove to Vadis.
They stopped in a wooded area of Vadis and then Lunsford Conaway went out of sight of her other two daughters, and came back without Aliayah's body, according to K.C.
According to the older daughter, who was 11 at the time, Lunsford Conaway made them promise they wouldn't tell anyone what happened. As previously testified earlier in the week, Lunsford Conaway called 911 at 11:31 on Sept. 24, 2011 to report Aliayah missing. Earlier this week, it was said in court that video surveillance captured the van leaving Dennsion Street at 9:13 a.m. on the 24th, and then again at 11:27 a.m.
K.C. testified that she finally came forward in October 2016 -- years after promising their mother that they wouldn't say anything.
Defense attorney Tom Dyer asked K.C. multiple questions regarding Aliayah's possible sickness and the fact that she mentioned Aliayah vomiting the days leading up to the alleged incident.
Aliayah's body has never been found. Dyer has argued throughout the case that without a body, there's no evidence of a cause of death.
The defense will have the opportunity call witnesses when the trial resumes on Monday.
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