Attorney General Morrisey Applauds State Supreme Court’s Upholding of Conviction in ’11 Death of Child

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey applauded the state Supreme Court of Appeals for its decision to affirm the conviction and punishment for a Lewis County woman found guilty of murdering her 3-year-old daughter.

    Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway, 37, stands convicted of murder and other charges related to the death and disappearance of her daughter, Aliayah. The child’s body has never been found since she was reported missing Sept. 24, 2011.

    “We are very pleased that the state Supreme Court has seen fit to affirm the defendant’s conviction and punishment,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “I also commend the work of our Appellate Division for helping see that justice is served for Aliayah.

    “In a case that caused so much grieving, mourning and longing for answers, hopefully this decision helps begin the process of providing some lasting peace for those who loved this wonderful child.”

    Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway remains incarcerated at the state’s Lakin Correctional Center, where she is serving a sentence of life without parole.