Trial reset in 2017 West Huntington beating death

February 21, 2019
Zaire Ashanti Monroe-Shareef, 35, stands with defense attorneys Jack Dolance, left, and Todd Meadows on Tuesday to have his murder trial reset.

HUNTINGTON — The trial for a man accused in the 2017 Huntington beating death of a woman found on a porch in West Huntington has been reset.

Zaire Ashanti Monroe-Shareef, 35, is charged with murder in the beating death of Lisa Washburn, of South Point, Ohio. Washburn had been found June 1, 2017, on a porch of a house at the intersection of 10th Avenue West and 5th Street West in Huntington, nearly two blocks away from Monroe-Shareef’s residence in the 600 block of 10th Avenue West where the altercation began.

The case had been scheduled for trial Tuesday, but was continued due to a trial slated to begin in Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell’s courtroom Feb. 25.

Farrell reset Monroe-Shareef’s trial to begin at 9 a.m. April 30.

His attorneys, Jack Dolance and Todd Meadows, said in the meantime they plan to request money to hire an expert in facial recognition to testify at the trial.

They also plan to seek the suppression of evidence seized during a search of Monroe-Shareef’s home after the body was discovered.

Police previously said a naked man had chased the woman to the location before kicking the woman’s head repeatedly. Neighbors said clothing found in the alley was believed to be his. They believe Monroe-Shareef was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the incident.

Huntington police filed murder warrants against Monroe-Shareef just hours after the June 1, 2017, incident, but he was not jailed until July 19, 2017, in Manatee County, Florida.

Assistant prosecutor Ryan Hamady said more than enough evidence, including witness identification, clothing at the scene, blood found at Monroe-Shareef’s home and photos placing the pair together the night of the beating, pointed to him as the attacker.

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