Dreyfuse pleased with hearing
by Ron Gregory
Hamlin — Despite having a Friday hearing moved from 4 p.m. in Huntington to morning in Hamlin, Edward Jesse Dreyfuse said he was “very pleased” with the results.
Dreyfuse was in court for three hours to argue irregularities when he was convicted of murdering Otis Clay Jr. seven years ago.
Dreyfuse had protested his innocence, claiming he never even met Clay. He was convicted in Cabell County.
The Friday hearing was moved to Lincoln County to accommodate Special Judge Jay Hoke, who was appointed by the supreme court to hear petitions filed by Dreyfuse. He is a prisoner at the Northern Correctional Jail in Moundsville.
Dreyfuse said he was particularly pleased that Hoke appointed him counsel for his habeas corpus proceeding. The judge disqualified Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia from the case as well, which Dreyfuse had requested.
One key in the appeals and disqualification of Sorsaia is that Dreyfuse will be permitted to appear before the grand jury to submit evidence against those he says illegally prosecuted him. Dreyfuse argued that the Putnam Prosecutor should be disqualified because he reviewed Dreyfuse’s petition for presentment to the grand jury.
Dreyfuse intends to present a case for the grand jury’s consideration that claims Himtington Police Sergeant Ryan Bentley committed perjury and then-Prosecutor Chris Chiles condoned it.
Cabell Judge Albert Ferguson had denied Dreyfuse’s request to appear before the grand jury but the state supreme court returned the matter to Cabell after Dreyfuse filed paperwork with them claiming his right to appear before the jury.
A new special prosecutor will be appointed in the case to replace Sorsaia.
Dates are to be set for Dreyfuse to present evidence against Chiles, now a circuit judge, and Bentley to the grand jury.
Sorsaia argued during Friday’s hearing that alleged fabricated evidence and perjured testimony were not material to Dreyfuse’s conviction.
Following the hearing, Dreyfuse declared it “a great day” and thanked his friends and supporters for their efforts. Social media contains a number of individuals who insist that Dreyfuse is innocent.