We’re working to learn more about the murder case against Donthe Lucas who’s accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Kelsie Schelling more than 5 years ago.
While Schelling’s body has not been recovered in this case, investigators arrested Lucas in December 2017 followed intensive searches of properties in Pueblo.
Cameras and phones aren’t allowed in the courtroom for the hearing as detectives, FBI agents and others involved in the case explain what led to his arrest.
The evidence presented included text messages shared between Kelsie and Lucas in the days leading up to her disappearance. AN FBI special agent told the court an examination of extensive cell phone data and cell tower data assisted investigators.
Kelsie’s body has never been found. Her mother, Laura Saxton, told News 5 outside of the preliminary hearing that she believes there is more than enough evidence to go to trial.
"I hope that everything is very clear to him as being presented and that he’ll see it the way we all do that this needs to go to trial and we need to get justice for Kelsie," Saxton said.
Lucas was arrested in November of 2017 in Denver on unrelated armed robbery charges.
News 5 learned that’s when he admitted to making up the story about taking Kelsie to Parkview Medical Center. He also told investigators on camera, which was played out in court on Thursday, that he moved Kelsie’s car from the southside Walmart to Saint Mary Corwin Medical Center.
Kelsie’s brother was one of the first people to raise a red flag about Lucas.
"The blank slate of his emotions towards Kelsie and our family and our grieving was just never there and from day one, nothing added up from what he was telling me or telling the detectives or telling anybody," Colby Schelling, Kelsie’s brother said.
Kelsie’s family is still offering a $50,000 reward for anyone with information leading to Kelsie’s remains.