It will be a very busy day at the Indiana County courthouse today, where there are about fifty cases on the criminal call list, some of them involving the most high-profile crimes in the county’s recent history.
Lewis Beatty is expected to enter guilty pleas to three counts of first degree murder in the deaths of his two daughters and estranged wife. He will be sentenced to life in prison.
Also today, expect movement in the Shaun Fairman case. On the same weekend in which Beatty murdered his three family members, Fairman shot to death his father-in law, Richard Shotts, in North Mahoning Township. Prosecutors are to provide the defense with complete discovery of the facts of the case by today, and a timeline for Fairman’s trial has been established. The defense is to present omnibus pretrial motions on Jaunary 18th; there will be a hearing on those motions February 13th, followed by a pretrial conference March 22nd at which the witness list will be provided. And the trial is scheduled to begin April 22nd.
In a related matter today, Noah Byler is on the criminal call list. He’s the Amish man who sold a rifle carried – but not used – by Fairman on the night of the shooting.
And Kayla Lyons is on the criminal call list today too. She’s the Saltsburg woman whose son died when he was suffocated by her boyfriend. Lyons is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of her two children, aggravated assault in the death of her son, and two counts of simple assault. The boyfriend, Shawn Anderson-Holmes, has already pleaded guilty.to involuntary manslaughter and will be sentenced January 28th.
Inclusion on the criminal call list does not neccesarily indicate that there will be court action on a given case, because attorneys could seek a continuance.