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Trial delayed in '12 killing

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell denied a murder suspect's request for a new attorney and postponed his trial, which had been scheduled to start later this month.

The case concerns Edward "Jesse" Dreyfuse, 47, and allegations he used a baseball bat to beat a mentally handicapped victim, Otis Clay Jr. Clay died days after the April 9, 2012, beating at his Washington Avenue residence in Huntington, during which he suffered severe head trauma and other injuries. The incident led to an indictment with charges of murder and burglary.

Farrell described defense attorney John Laishley as one of the court's best options to appoint. Dreyfuse cited a difference in trial strategy, believing Laishley should focus on proving his innocence, as opposed to Laishley's desire to let prosecutors prove their case.

Laishley expressed a willingness to remain on the case, and Farrell agreed.

Both sides will return Sept. 17 for a status hearing, which will in turn postpone Dreyfuse's trial into the next term of court. Farrell found good cause for the delay.

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