Boyfriend Donthe Lucas will stand trial on first-degree murder charges for the death of Kelsie Schelling, a judge ruled Thursday.
“I was having so many fears going into this,” Laura Saxton, Schelling’s mother, said. “Even though I felt confident, I was still really scared and needed to hear the words.”
Schelling, 21, was eight weeks pregnant when she went missing in February 2013. Her body has never been found.
Lucas, who was Schelling’s boyfriend at the time she went missing, was charged with first-degree murder in December.
On Thursday, prosecutors told Pueblo District Court Judge Thomas Flesher there are no digital footprints to indicate Schelling is alive. They also said Schelling’s pregnancy was “the gasoline to the fire” and the reason why Lucas committed the crime.
“We have a long road ahead of us, and this is a huge victory,” Saxton said. “We haven’t had many victories in five years, and so we have to be thankful for any that we get.”
During final arguments, Lucas’ lawyers argued the prosecution was only presenting a theory, and there’s no evidence proving Schelling is dead.
After a three-day preliminary hearing, Flesher ruled Lucas would stand trial on the charges. He is being held without bond. Arraignment is set for August 28 at 2 p.m.