Trial date set for suspect in Kelsie Schelling disappearance

Nearly eight years after a Colorado woman went missing, a trial date has been set for Donthe Lucas, the man suspected in her disappearance.
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 1:24 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2020 at 1:27 PM MST
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Nearly eight years after a Colorado woman went missing, a trial date has been set for the man suspected in her disappearance.

It’s been a long road towards justice for family and friends of Kelsie Schelling, who saw years go by without an arrest in the case before Schelling’s boyfriend Donthe Lucas was charged in 2017. Since Lucas’ arrest, the trial has been pushed back at least four times.

Laura Saxton, Kelsie Schellings’ mother, spoke to 11 News this afternoon about how last few years have been difficult but the hardest part is yet to come. “Now that it actually is coming up a little over a month away there’s a lot of butterflies, a lot of anxiety I know it’s going to be a difficult process to go through. I’ve been through so many different types of hell the last almost 8 years and I know that this is going to be just a different type on a different level. You know it’s something that has to be done and needs to be taken care of so no matter how hard or difficult it is we just have to push through it” says Saxton.

Schelling went missing in February of 2013 when she was heading to Pueblo from Denver to see Lucas about her pregnancy. To date, her body still has not been found.

Saxton hopes her daughters memory is not forgotten and can help other people who are going through the same kind of situation. “It just hurts so much and I know every parent grieves differently but for me it’s just incredibly painful when I feel like Kelsie’s been forgotten. I know life has to go on for people, I’m kind of stuck in a time warp and I’m not even sure that I wanna go on. I don’t even know and don’t have that figured out yet but what I do know is that I don’t want her to be forgotten and I don’t want what happen to be in vain, I want something positive to come from this”, says Saxton.

11 News has learned the trial will begin Jan. 25, 2021, barring unforeseen circumstances involving the coronavirus pandemic. The most recent trial pushback earlier this year was due to the pandemic.

This is a developing story, and this article will be updated.

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