Pueblo trial stopped for 2 weeks because of virus case


PUEBLO |  The trial of a man charged in the death of his pregnant girlfriend has been put on hold for two weeks after someone in the courtroom tested positive for COVID-19.

Tenth Judicial District Judge Thomas Flesher announced the delay in the trial of Donthe Lucas in Pueblo on Wednesday but did not provide any details about who tested positive, other than that the person had been in court for proceedings this week, The Pueblo Chieftain reported. Local health officials recommended the court impose a 14-day quarantine, he said.

Lucas is charged with murder in the death of Kelsie Schelling. She was last seen in February 2013 headed from her home in Denver to Pueblo to talk to Lucas about her pregnancy. She is presumed to be dead but her body has not been found.

Access to the courtroom has been limited during the trial, with only members of the Lucas and Schelling family and about three members of the public allowed inside. The delay was announced on what was supposed to be the sixth day of the trial.