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Judge agrees to hear change of venue request for man charged with murder of Lyon sisters

Mugshot of Lloyd Welch, Jr. (Bedford County Sheriff's Office)

BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- Lloyd Welch's case may not be heard in Bedford County.

Welch is set to go on trial in the Lyon Sisters disappearance and death in September.

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He is charged with two counts of first-degree felony murder of Sheila and Katherine Lyon back in 1975.

According to court documents, during an interrogation in February of last year, Welch confessed to walking Sheila and Katherine out of a Montgomery County, Maryland mall and getting them into a car back in March 1975.

A detective testified that Welch admitted to driving a bag with the remains of Katherine and Sheila from Maryland to Bedford County before tossing them into a huge fire.

Welch's attorneys have filed a change of venue motion for his trial and the judge has agreed to hear their arguments on why they want to change locations.

A date for that hearing has not yet be set.

If convicted, Welch could face the death penalty.

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