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Prosecution witness in Donthe Lucas trial killed in Denver shooting

From left: Roxann Martinez, shot and killed in late February 2021; Donthe Lucas, on trial for...
From left: Roxann Martinez, shot and killed in late February 2021; Donthe Lucas, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Kelsie Schelling. Martinez was supposed to be a witness for the prosecution, but her link to the case in unclear.(Denver Police Department/Pueblo Police Department)
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 10:50 AM MST
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A witness in the ongoing Donthe Lucas trial was shot and killed in Denver before having the opportunity to take the stand.

Late on the night of Feb. 26, Denver police responded to reports of a woman lying near the corner of East Kenyon Drive and South Wabash Street. Officers determined the woman was deceased after getting on scene. She was later identified as 31-year-old Roxann Martinez, and her cause of death was confirmed to be a gunshot wound. The case is being investigated by the Denver Police Department as a homicide.

District Attorney Jeff Chostner confirmed to 11 News that Martinez was supposed to testify on behalf of the prosecution in Lucas’ murder trial. It is unknown what Martinez’s link to the case is, but the district attorney has confirmed she was an “endorsed” witness, or someone given notice that she would be obligated to testify.

Denver police say that right now, they do not suspect any connection between the shooting and the trial. When asked the same question by 11 News, Chostner responded that he “can only say she would have been a witness for the prosecution.”

Lucas is on trial for allegedly killing his girlfriend Kelsie Schelling in 2013. Schelling was reportedly pregnant with the couple’s child. To date, her body has never been found.

This is a developing story and we will update as we learn more.

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