The trial of James D. Worley, 57, accused of murder in the death of University of Toledo student, Sierah Joughin, originally scheduled for late September 2017 was rescheduled by Fulton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffery L. Robinson for January 16, 2018.
After Worley’s defense attorneys, led by Mark Berling, filed 52 pretrial motions with the Fulton County Common Pleas Court on March 6 and March 7, 2017 on behalf of their client in the potential death penalty case, Judge Jeffery L. Robinson delayed the start of Worley’s trial until January 2018 to allow time for additional hearing(s) on the new motions.
“All of the motions are designed to protect his rights. There are a number of issues regarding jury instruction, formulation, and selection — that whole process. That case law evolves over time and we try to keep ahead of that.”
Robinson ordered that all pretrial motions and jury instructions by both the defense and the prosecution by filed by March 31, 2017, after which June 7 and June 8, 2017, have been scheduled for hearings on those motions. On April 28, 2017, the court will hear Worley’s defense attorneys’ requests for funding of experts to use in defense of the charges against their client.
Altogether, Worley will stand trial for two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of abduction and felonious assault, two counts of having weapons while under disability, two counts of aggravated robbery and four counts of kidnapping. In addition, the paroled Delta, Ohio man faces single counts of gross abuse of a corpse, possession of criminal tools and tampering with evidence. All charges are related to the abduction and death of Sierah Joughin.
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