Man accused in death of Newell woman put on trial

NEW CUMBERLAND – A Youngstown, Ohio, man accused in the death of a Newell woman in 2011 is scheduled to be put on trial Aug. 29.

Jarell A. Washington, 24, is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on a $100,000 bond on charges of first-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance.

Washington is accused of causing the death of Kristen Renfro, 30, of Newell, by supplying her with heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, on March 7, 2011. Renfro died in the early morning hours of the following day.

Washington, who was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury in September 2012, is scheduled to go to trial before Circuit Court Judge Martin J. Gaughan. His trial originally was scheduled for April.

On Monday, Washington was brought to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department to take a polygraph test, court documents said.

Washington is being represented by attorneys Robert McCoid and Helen Brancazio.