2017-03-15 / Public Record

Worley Murder Trial Delayed


James Worley James Worley The trial of James Dean Worley, 57, rural Delta, has been pushed back to Jan. 16, 2018.

The new date is roughly 17 months from July 22, 2016, when the body of 20- year-old Sierah Joughin, rural Metamora, was found buried in a field on Co. Rd. 7.

She disappeared three days earlier while riding her bicycle in the area of the Evergreen schools.

Worley was arrested at his home early in the morning of July 22, 2016.

He was later indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury on 19 charges, including two counts of murder and two counts of aggravated murder. If convicted, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Originally, the week of Sept. 25, 2017, was set aside for a jury trial for Worley.

Jeffrey Robinson, Fulton County Common Pleas Court judge, pushed back the trial date in a hearing on Tuesday, March 7.

Because the case involves the possibility of the death penalty, attorneys qualified by the state to handle deathpenalty cases were appointed to represent Worley. So far, the attorneys have filed 51 motions.

Two days to hear arguments concerning the motions have been set aside, starting Thursday, June 8.

As of Sunday, March 12, Worley was being held without bond at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, where he has been since his arrest.

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