Former Berkeley County School employees scheduled to be in court

West Virginia

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) — Three former employees of the Berkeley County School system were in court on Tuesday for a status hearing.

Christina Lester, a former Berkeley Heights Elementary teacher, and her two teaching aides, Kristin Douty and June Yurish were arrested in August for failing to report suspected abuse or neglect in regards to an incident that occurred in October of 2018, according to Martinsburg Police.

During the hearing, the court confirmed with the defendants on their decision for joint counsel and trial. And despite the defendants saying they believe there will be no issues down the line when being tried together, the judge said there is a cause for a conflict of interest to arise.

The three suspects were in court for a status hearing on November 21 where the prosecution was given 10 days to respond to the defense’s memorandum regarding the disqualification of joint representation.

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