December 20, 2006

Strangling Death Trial Postponed Until Jan. 16

The trial of a Charleston man who allegedly strangled his wife to death was postponed until next month in Kanawha Circuit Court on Monday.

Clarence "Trey" Morton Ilderton III has been held at South Central Regional Jail since October 2005, when his wife Robin was found dead at the couple's South Hills apartment.

John Mitchell Jr., Ilderton's attorney, said that clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. David Clayman had told him verbally that his client was competent to stand trial, although he has not yet seen Klayman's written report.

Assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Don Morris asked for the court's permission to examine two personal computers belonging to Ilderton that the state seized during its investigation. Morris said Ilderton had allegedly shown another person photos depicting injuries to Robin just before the murder, and the state wanted to search the computers.

"I'm surprised they haven't gotten into those computers, because they've been in their possession for over a year," Mitchell said.

Judge Paul Zakaib Jr. granted the state's request on the condition that any personal information found on the computers be kept private. He rescheduled Ilderton's trial for Jan. 16.

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