500 Prospective Jurors Expected for Belmont County Murder Trial
The Belmont County Courthouse
Preparations are under way for a major
trial coming up in March in Belmont County.
Twenty-year-old Brandon Phelps of
Bellaire will go on trial for the rape and murder of
92-year-old Lydia Ashworth of Bellaire. Phelps faces the possibility of
the death penalty.
prospective jurors will be called for this case, some of whom have already said
they can't serve because of physical problems or family hardships. Those individuals will be called in to court on December 20 to explain why. But
those who are left will be back in court on
March 27. For two straight days, a
Thursday and Friday, they'll do very intensive jury selection. Then on
the following Monday, the trial will start. It's expected to last two