DA will not seek death penalty for Routt County woman accused of killing son

6:16 PM, Dec 17, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A Routt County woman accused of shooting and killing her 9-year-old son before trying to kill herself will not face the death penalty, the district attorney announced Tuesday.

Lisa Lesyshen is accused of shooting her son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, multiple times before shooting herself in the neck on May 29, 2013. It happened at the family's home in Oak Creek, about 10 miles south of Steamboat Springs.

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office decided against the death penalty after seeking input from Lesyshen's husband and the Routt County Sheriff's Office, according to a release.

Lesyshen and her husband were in the process of separating when the shooting occurred.

She was charged with first-degree murder, child abuse leading to death and domestic violence.

Lesyshen is being held in the Denver County Jail infirmary because the Routt County Jail is not equipped to house her. She has no use of her legs and some use of her arms after authorities say she tried to commit suicide.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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