WAUSEON (13abc Action News) - We’re hearing from the accused killer of Sierah Joughin, James Worley. He was in court Thursday and we're getting some insight into how he and defense team are preparing for this case.
This is the most we've heard from Worley since Joughin disappeared this time last year. One of the biggest issues was his Kindle.
In a striped polo shirt, glasses affixed to that shirt and looking thinner than previous court appearances Worley appeared in front a Fulton County judge Thursday. Worley told the judge he could use more time with his lawyers as he faces the death penalty. He’s charged in the death of Joughin, killed this time last summer after a bike ride. Her body was found a few days later.
"He’s very active. This is my 20th capital case and they're very active," said Mark Berling, Worley’s defense lawyer.
Berling says one issue is space. Officials bring Worley to the Fulton County courthouse from CCNO in Stryker to review evidence twice a week.
"We've been provided with 20-30 discs, literally tens of thousands of pages of forensic materials and investigator material. He wanted to read that," said Berling.
His lawyers loaded some of that evidence onto a Kindle for Worley but CCNO officials will not let him have it.
"A jail like CCNO will not let us bring a 5 foot stack of paper. So we loaded it onto a Kindle so he can read it but they won't allow that," said Berling.
Worley was reminded he's eligible for a jury trial or for the matter to be heard by a three judge panel.
Worley is expected back in court in August for a pretrial. From all the dates set in court Thursday it does not seem like this trial will begin before 2018.