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COVID exposure delays Parkersburg murder trial

Chester Lilly

PARKERSBURG — The murder trial of Chester Lilly, accused of the June 2019 murder of 40-year-old Travis Shane Peters, has been delayed.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday in Parkersburg City Council Chambers before Judge Robert Waters.

Lilly, 38, of 2900 Avery St., Parkersburg was to go on trial for the stabbing of Peters.

Parkersburg Police reported Peters was found lying in the grass adjacent to his residence at 2903 Avery St., unresponsive with multiple stab wounds. Lilly was named as a suspect due to video surveillance and he turned himself in.

The Wood County Prosecutor’s Office reported Lilly was exposed to COVID-19 in jail over the weekend and had to be quarantined.

The case was continued. A new trial date has not been set.

Lilly remains in custody at the North Central Regional Jail.

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