Lesyshen trial scheduled for September

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Lisa Lesyshen, accused of murdering her 9-year-old son, Asher, cries Nov. 13 during a preliminary hearing in Denver.

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  • — A three-week trial has been scheduled for Lisa Lesyshen, the Routt County woman accused of shooting and killing her 9-year-old son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan.

    During a hearing Friday, Judge Michael O’Hara set the trial to begin Sept. 29.

    After Lesyshen pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Feb. 20, the court ordered that Lesyshen undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether she was insane when the shooting took place. The court received the report May 27, and the record has been sealed. No other evaluations are being requested by the prosecution or the defense.

    Lesyshen appeared at the hearing by video from Denver County Jail. She has been held at the infirmary there because of her medical condition. Lesyshen lost the ability to walk after the Routt County Sheriff’s Office said Lesyshen turned the gun on herself after shooting Asher during the early morning hours of May 29, 2013.

    Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said Lesyshen still has not been cleared medically to be transferred to the Routt County Jail, but the jail is preparing for her arrival. Birch said modifications have been made at the jail to accommodate Lesyshen, who must use a wheelchair.

    Birch said he did not know specifically when Lesyshen would be transferred.

    It is costing $586 per day plus the cost of medications and supplies to house Lesyshen in Denver. By comparison, it costs $52.50 per day to house a healthy inmate at the Routt County Jail.

    Birch said bills have been submitted to the county’s catastrophic insurance provider.

    “We don’t know how much of that bill the insurance company is going to pay and how much we are going to be responsible for,” Birch said.

    Birch said the goal is to have Lesyshen brought back to Routt County so she can stand trial here.

    To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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    Alvin Wolff 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    That's not the point of the trial. She's using an insanity defense. It rarely works.

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