A mother who survived shooting herself after allegedly killing her son entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday.
Lisa Lesyshen, who is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death, is accused of killing her 9-year-old son on May 29, 2013. Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan was found shot to death in the home in Stagecoach.
One day prior to the murder, Lesyshen had reportedly found out that her husband was having an affair.
Judge Michael O'Hara accepted Lseyshen's plea Thursday and ordered her to be evaluated by a state-appointed psychiatrist, according to the 14th Judicial District Attorney's office. That evaluation aims to determine if she was incapable of distinguishing right from wrong or incapable of acting with the requisite culpable mental state.
Lesyshen is partially paralyzed because of her self-inflicted injury and her treatment was discussed during Thursday's hearing. Because of her limitations, the judge said the best location to conduct her mental health evaluation would be in the Denver County Jail Infirmary. The court also discussed her wheelchair, which the defense called "medically inadequate" but the judge did not agree to replace it at this time.
The results of her mental health evaluation are due by May 21, 2014.
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