Routt County murder suspect recovering from gunshot wound to neck area

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— A day after hundreds of Steamboat Springs residents gathered to say goodbye to 9-year-old Asher Lillig Lesyshen-Kirlan, his mother remained in a Denver hospital’s intensive care unit.

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch confirmed Tuesday that Lisa Marie Lesyshen’s self-inflicted gunshot wound was to her neck. Although she was able to speak to investigators last week, Birch said he wasn’t sure whether she would suffer any permanent disabilities. It also remained unclear when Lesyshen would be well enough to be booked into Routt County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, child abuse causing death and domestic violence. There are two deputies taking turns guarding Lesyshen at Denver Health Medical Center.

“She has to be advised (by a judge) of the charges against her,” Routt County Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said Tuesday. “That right now is placed on hold because of her medical condition.”

Lesyshen is accused of shooting Asher five times in the early hours of May 29 before turning the gun on herself. According to court documents, Lesyshen told her husband Michael Kirlan that she shot their only child because she wanted to hurt Kirlan. The couple lived together but were in the process of separating. Kirlan awoke to the sound of gunshots that night but was not injured himself.

According to court documents, Lesyshen admitted to investigators that she shot her son and then asked to speak with an attorney.

Lesyshen is being represented by the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office in Routt County.

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office filed formal charges against Lesyshen on Friday. The investigation is ongoing, but the legal process is well underway.

Attorneys representing Lesyshen have asked a judge to sign what is effectively a gag order. In an effort to limit pre-trial publicity, the gag order would limit what attorneys can say publicly about the case.

Attorneys also have asked a judge to make it clear that Lesyshen can only be questioned by investigators if Lesyshen’s attorneys are present.

“Defendant wishes to exercise both her right to silence and right to counsel,” the attorneys wrote.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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