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Jury finds Donthe Lucas guilty of murder in disappearance of Kelsie Schelling

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- A jury has found Donthe Lucas guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend, Kelsie Schelling.

It took jurors just hours to deliberate the case Monday after weeks of testimony surrounding the disappearance of Schelling.

Lucas was accused of killing Schelling, who was last seen in 2013. He was charged with murder in December of 2017, and there were multiple delays before the trial finally began earlier this year.

During closing arguments Monday, prosecutors said Lucas lied from the beginning of the investigation; Lucas' defense called the state's case "the biggest stretch in Colorado history," pointing to the lack of body or cause of death in Schelling's disappearance.

Lucas will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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  1. Funny how at the time he really though that the best course of action would be to end he life and that by that action would somehow better his own life.
    Really sad.

  2. It has been a horrible ordeal for her family. It’s time for the media circus to end. It’s time for her family to continue to heal without being under the microscope of the media. Let’s put their privacy ahead of ratings.

    1. You’re right, and I wish that could happen. But I believe there will be an automatic appeal at least, so this verdict will unfortunately not be the last we hear of him.

  3. Drugs and violence go hand in hand. Hitler was a meth head. you don’t need to be born evil to kill. Drugs are another route.

  4. Its about time this 2 bit punk gets what should have happened years ago. And then he tried to throw his mom under the bus. Tough guy. Even though I think she was a big player in the disappearance and should also be tried as an accomplice, its time he man up and pay for his BS. Now mommy can visit her baby boy in big boy jail. Maybe he can get a cell next to Frazee and they can swap stories about how to make a woman disappear. Hope he rots.

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