Donthe Lucas to stand trial for the death of Kelsie Schelling

Posted at 3:45 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 17:45:53-04

PUEBLO, Colo. — A judge ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence to bound a man accused of killing Kelsie Schelling over for trial on first-degree murder charges.

Despite the fact that prosecutors don’t have a body, Donthe Lucas, Schelling’s boyfriend, will stand trial for her death beginning in August.

He will remain behind bars without bail.

Lucas, 25, was already in custody in Pueblo on separate charges after he was arrested Nov. 2017 at Denver International Airport in a robbery and assault case when he was served with the new charges.

Schelling disappeared when she was 21 years old in February 2013. She was pregnant with Lucas’ child at the time.

The only trace left behind was her abandoned car, found four days later at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Her body has never been found.

Lucas has long been considered a suspect in the case but has never been convicted on any charges up until recently.

Investigators were at his home in April of last year searching for evidence, but it’s not known what was found.

Preliminary hearings begin Aug. 28