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Huntington – After more than a decade, a Huntington man thinks the end of his imprisonment is at hand.

Edward Jesse Dreyfuse has had something to prove during all this time and he believes he’s finally succeeded.

A 1 p.m., hearing this Friday, May 19, in Hamlin will determine if Circuit Judge Jay Hoke agrees with Dreyfuse.

He was convicted of murder in Cabell County in 2013.

Dreyfuse was convicted of 1st-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without mercy. Now, Hoke is presiding over a habeas corpus hearing in his case. That comes after all Cabell circuit judges recused themselves from the case.

“The (Huntington) Herald Dispatch gave him the nickname ‘The Ball Bat Killer,’” said Robert Lewingdon, who says he is a friend of the defendant.

According to an October 18, 2013 article from the Herald-Dispatch, Dreyfuse was accused of beating 66-year-old Otis Clay Jr., whom authorities described as a mentally impaired man, with a baseball bat during an attack on April 9, 2012 at Clay’s West Huntington home.

Now, more than ten years later, he’s back in court.

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Dreyfuse, representing himself, has won on several motions over the years.

Now, he says he has testimony from an expert witness that says Clay’s autopsy report detailed no beating occurred. In fact, he says Clay died of heart complications.

The case was removed from Cabell County to Lincoln. Lincoln Circuit Judge Jay Hoke is presiding.

Lincoln Prosecutor Jack Stevens is special prosecutor. Former Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants is assisting Dreyfuse.

Tĥis is a developing story that will be updated as events warrant.

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state. View all posts

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

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