EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTrial Begins For Huntington Beating Death Case
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Reported by: Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Oct. 15, 2013 11:14 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 10:44 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
It took several hours to pick a jury in the trial for Edward Jesse Dreyfuse, but each side finally presented opening arguments late Tuesday afternoon.
Cabell County prosecutor Chris Chiles said it's a case about "anger, malice and violence directed against a totally innocent man" in his opening statement.
Defense attorney John Laishley said there are "layers and layers and layers of stories" and told the jury it was up to them to decide what stories to believe.
Dreyfuse was charged in the beating death of Otis Clay, 66, in April of 2012. Clay was beaten with a baseball bat in his Huntington home and died from his injuries weeks later. Clay was said to be mentally disabled and suffered from health problems. Detectives believe Dreyfuse was angry about a drug deal that went bad and allegedly took his anger out on the victim.
Clay's neighbor, Stan Tomsey, took the stand first for the state. He said he saw Dreyfuse hitting Clay with the bat. "I heard this crush. There was a bat up against Junior's (Clay's) legs and I told Jesse I said, 'He didn't have nothing to do with it what are you doing'," said Tomsey.
Testimony continues Wednesday morning.
Jury selection for a man charged in the death of a disabled man began Tuesday morning in Huntington.
Edward Jesse Dreyfuse, 47, was charged in the beating death of Otis Clay, 66, in April of 2012. Clay was beaten with a baseball bat in his Huntington home and died from his injuries weeks later. Clay was said to be mentally disabled and suffered from health problems. Detectives believe Dreyfuse was angry about a drug deal that went bad and allegedly took his anger out on the victim.
Dreyfuse was located in Parkersburg weeks after the incident. He was charged with murder, assault during the commission of a crime and burglary.
Opening arguments in the trial were set for Tuesday afternoon.
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