By Anica Padilla

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – It has been nearly eight years since Kelsie Schelling disappeared. Now, her boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, is about to be tried for her murder. After multiple delays, the trial is scheduled to begin on Monday.

Kelsie Schelling (credit: CBS)

When she disappeared in February 2013, Schelling was pregnant and was reportedly travelling from Denver to Pueblo to talk to Lucas about it.

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Donthe Lucas

Donthe Lucas (credit: Pueblo Police Dept.)

Messages on Schelling’s phone showed she texted Lucas that she was pregnant, and his replies indicated he was unhappy.

On the day she reportedly disappeared, GPS on her phone showed it traveled to the same location in Pueblo as Lucas’ phone.

Police believe Lucas was the last person to see Schelling and have said he took $400 out of her account on that day.

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

Lucas is charged with her murder even though her body has never been found. His trial date is now set to start on Jan. 25. Lucas pleaded not guilty to first degree murder in August 2018.

In December 2020, Schelling’s mother spoke to KKTV, our news partners in Colorado Springs.

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“I’ve been through so many different types of hell the last almost eight years and I know that this [trial] is going to be just a different type on a different level,” Laura Saxton said. “You know it’s something that has to be done and needs to be taken care of so no matter how hard or difficult it is we just have to push through it.”

Anica Padilla