Kelsie Schelling’s mother tells of a guilty verdict for the murder of daughter

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Mother of a pregnant woman, 21, who disappeared eight years ago, reveals in first TV interview that she breathed well for the first time after her daughter’s boyfriend was found guilty of murder

  • Kelsie Schelling went missing in Pueblo, Colorado in February 2013 after she went to tell her boyfriend Donthe Lucas she was pregnant
  • Schelling’s body has never been found, but she is believed to be dead
  • Her boyfriend, who was arrested four years after she was last seen, was found guilty of first degree murder two weeks ago
  • In her first TV interview with ABC’s 20/20 that aired Friday night, the victim’s mother opened up the guilty verdict
  • Saxton said she expected the jury to take a week to deliberate and was shocked when they returned within three hours.

The mother of a 21-year-old pregnant woman who disappeared eight years ago says she felt she could breathe for the first time after her daughter’s boyfriend was found guilty of her murder this month.

Kelsie Schelling went missing in Pueblo, Colorado in February 2013 after she went to tell her boyfriend Donthe Lucas that she was pregnant.

Schelling’s body has never been found, but she is believed to be dead.

Her boyfriend, who was arrested four years after she was last seen, was found guilty of first degree murder two weeks ago.

He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole.

In her first TV interview with ABC’s 20/20 The victim’s mother, who was on the air Friday night, opened up about the guilty verdict and her tireless search for her daughter over the past eight years.

Kelsie Schelling

Not the Lucas

Not the Lucas

Kelsie Schelling went missing in Pueblo, Colorado in February 2013 after she went to tell her boyfriend Donthe Lucas she was pregnant

Schelling’s mother, Laura Saxton, said the room was tense in the moments before the verdict was handed down.

“I think everyone was just holding their breath, almost … just tense,” Saxton said.

The words came out far too slowly. I feel like the judge was talking slowly. He eventually became guilty of first degree. That was the first breath I’ve taken in a long time. ‘

Lucas’ conviction earlier this month followed a 13-day trial.

Prosecutors had alleged that camera images and cell phone data suggested that Lucas was the last person seen before her disappearance with Schelling.

However, defense attorneys argued that evidence based on cell phone data and a lack of DNA evidence were not enough to find Lucas guilty.

The jury deliberated for three hours before returning the guilty verdict.

In her first TV interview with ABC's 20/20 that aired Friday night, the victim's mother, Laura Saxton, opened up about the guilty verdict and her tireless search for her daughter over the past eight years.

In her first TV interview with ABC's 20/20 that aired Friday night, the victim's mother, Laura Saxton, opened up about the guilty verdict and her tireless search for her daughter over the past eight years.

In her first TV interview with ABC’s 20/20 that aired Friday night, the victim’s mother, Laura Saxton, opened up about the guilty verdict and her tireless search for her daughter over the past eight years.

Schelling's body has never been found, but she is believed to be dead.  Her boyfriend, who was arrested four years after she was last seen, was found guilty of first degree murder two weeks ago

Schelling's body has never been found, but she is believed to be dead.  Her boyfriend, who was arrested four years after she was last seen, was found guilty of first degree murder two weeks ago

Schelling’s body has never been found, but she is believed to be dead. Her boyfriend, who was arrested four years after she was last seen, was found guilty of first degree murder two weeks ago

Saxton said she expected the jury to take a week to deliberate and was shocked when they returned so quickly.

Schelling’s mother has played a critical role in keeping the investigation alive for the past eight years.

Lucas, who was arrested in 2017, was already behind bars for armed robbery when he received the arrest warrant in Schelling’s death.

At the time his girlfriend disappeared, Lucas was a college basketball player.

Texts on Schelling’s phone had indicated that she had let Lucas know she was pregnant, but he was not happy with the news.

GPS data showed that her phone was in the same vicinity as Lucas’s phone the day she disappeared.

Investigators also said Lucas took $ 400 off his girlfriend’s bill that same day.

Schelling’s car was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot a few days after she was reported missing.

During the years of investigation, detectives dug the backyard of a house where Lucas lived, but no trace of Schelling’s remains were found.

The interview with Schelling’s mother will be broadcast on Friday, March 26 on 20/20 from ABC.

At the time his girlfriend disappeared, Lucas was a college basketball player

At the time his girlfriend disappeared, Lucas was a college basketball player

Texts on Schelling's phone indicated she let Lucas know she was pregnant, but he wasn't happy with the news

Texts on Schelling's phone indicated she let Lucas know she was pregnant, but he wasn't happy with the news

At the time his girlfriend disappeared, Lucas was a college basketball player. Texts on Schelling’s phone indicated she let Lucas know she was pregnant, but he wasn’t happy with the news

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