Donthe Lucas trial delayed 2 weeks after positive COVID-19 test
PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - The ongoing trial of a Colorado man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend has been put on pause after someone in the courtroom tested positive for COVID-19.
It’s unclear if the individual who tested positive is with the prosecution, defense, jurors or visitors on the case.
Kelsie Schelling, 21, disappeared on Feb 4, 2013. Her boyfriend at the time, Donthe Lucas, was arrested for her murder in 2017. Since then, the case has been plagued with delays, with the trial itself being delayed multiple times since the original April 2019 scheduled start date. Nearly eight years to the day after Schelling disappeared, opening statements finally began at the beginning of this month.
The Pueblo Health Department came out with a statement Wednesday saying, “PDPHE is investigating a positive COVID-19 case associated with the Lucas Trial and currently conducting case investigation and contact tracing. The Pueblo County judicial system and all agencies involved are working collaboratively with PDPHE in the investigation.”
District Attorney Jeff Chostner denied an interview, but gave KKTV a statement saying, “We all are concerned about the safety of all personnel associated with this case.”
The trial will resume Feb. 24 and is expected to pick up where it left off Tuesday.
Reporter Kasia Kerridge explains the latest delay and the next steps in this video below:
Previous trial coverage can be found here.
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