Trial date set for Cabell beating death case

November 23, 2018

HUNTINGTON — The man charged with murder in the 2017 beating death of an Ohio woman in West Huntington will have a 2019 trial after prosecution received final evidence testing back from the state crime lab earlier this month.

Zaire Ashanti Monroe-Shareef, 35, will go to trial Feb. 19, 2019, in Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell’s courtroom for one count of murder in the death of Lisa Washburn, of South Point, Ohio.

Defense attorney Jack Dolance said during a hearing Tuesday the defense had received DNA laboratory analysis results from the state crime lab earlier this month, but called the results “limited” and said he would seek more information from the lab technicians.

Monroe-Shareef was charged after Washburn was found beaten to death on the 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.

Police 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.

In December 2017, Dolance said several people would have been after Washburn because she was a person with drug dependency, a drug dealer and confidential informant for police.

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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