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Video advisement waived for Donthe Lucas in Schelling murder case

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The former boyfriend of Kelsie Schelling was scheduled to make a brief court appearance, via video conference in Pueblo, on Monday afternoon to hear the murder charge he's facing.

However, as of 11:15 a.m., that video advisement has been waived. The next court hearing in the case will take place on December 8th.

Donthe Lucas was served with an arrest warrant for first degree murder last Friday as he was already in the Pueblo County Detention Center for an unrelated robbery charge. Lucas is being held without bond.

Kelsie Schelling was last seen on February 4, 2013 after a doctor told the 22-year-old she was 8-weeks pregnant. That same day, police say Kelsie drove from Denver to Pueblo to meet up with Donthe Lucas. 

Detectives have worked for years to find any evidence in the case of the missing woman, including extensive searches of properties across Pueblo. To date, authorities have not released any information on what was found during the investigation.

All of the searches involved heavy equipment for digging and personnel with shovels. The locations were the former home of Lucas' family, a culvert near that home, a brushy area near the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek.

Lucas was originally questioned in the case when detectives found he had used Kelsie's ATM card. The DA ultimately dropped that charge since there was evidence Kelsie had allowed him to use her card in the past. 

The family has always offered a reward of $50,000 for information that would resolve the case or bring Kelsie home.


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