Lunsford Trial Day 2: Defense says charges impossible to prove without body


Tuesday marked day two of Lena Lunsford’s trial in Lewis County.  

Lena Lunsford has been accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, back in 2011. 

The prosecution believes they have significant holes in the original story that Lena Lunsford told police about her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford’s disappearance.

However, the defense is arguing that without a body, there’s no actual evidence the crime took place other than witness testimony.

West Virginia State Police Sgt. Shannon Loudin was the second member of law enforcement to take the stand Tuesday. Loudin recounted the investigation and pointed out “a lot of things just didn’t add up” when it came to Lena’s timeline and DOH video surveillance. 

Loudin said, during interviews with Aliayah Lunsford’s sisters, they appeared to be giving scripted answers and didn’t show the emotion he would have expected. He described then as “appearing numb from any type of emotion.”

Loudin testified that there was a “slim chance” of police finding Aliayah Lunsford’s body, due to the time that had passed since the original allegation. 

He said, if anything, police may find bones and hair. 

Lena Lunsford has pleaded not guilty to all counts. The trial, originally expected to last for two weeks, may wrap up earlier than expected due to the pace of testimony so far..   

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