Lisa Marie Lesyshen to stand trial for killing son Asher after learning of husband's affair
In May, we told you about the arrest of Routt County's Lisa Marie Lesyshen, seen here, for the murder of Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, her nine-year-old son. See our previous coverage below.
Big photos, videos below.
Yesterday, Lesyshen, who's now paralyzed after a suicide attempt (she shot herself in the neck after the slaying), appeared in a Denver court for an evidentiary hearing at which it was revealed that the shooting took place after she learned her husband was having an affair. Photos, videos and more below.
To all appearances, Lisa doted on Asher, a charming, athletic child who was well known in the Steamboat Springs area (the family lived in the nearby community of Stagecoach) despite his tender years.
For instance, she posted numerous videos of the boy, including this one, which features him singing the song "Twinkle, Twinkle."
But in May, her world came crashing down around her upon stumbling upon an e-mail exchange between her husband, Michael Kirlan, and the woman with whom he was conducting an affair, as he tearfully detailed at the aforementioned hearing, conducted in Denver because Lisa is in custody here; our jail is reportedly more wheelchair-friendly than the one in Routt County.
As noted by 7News in its coverage of the proceeding, Michael confirmed the extramarital relationship to Lisa, prompting a sprawling argument during which she's said to have struck him numerous times and identified him as "the enemy."
Michael Kirlan in court yesterday.
Amid the spat, Michael is said to have agreed not to divorce Lisa immediately, so that she could retain her health insurance -- and the next day seemed to move forward in a fairly normal fashion, with her going to work and the family eating together. But around 3 a.m., Michael, who'd been sleeping in the basement, heard loud noises that turned out to be gunfire.
Lisa had purchased a weapon, borrowed ammunition from a neighbor and shot Asher as he slept -- three times in the chest, once in the head.
When Kirlan got upstairs, he told the courtroom, he found a dazed Lesyshen emerging from Asher's bedroom. "I don't know what happened in there," she's quoted as telling him before firing off the shot that paralyzed her.
Lisa Marie Lesyshen at the hearing.
Afterward, according to the original arrest warrant on view below, officers found a note next to Asher's bed addressed to Michael. It read "Remember you are responsible for what has happened here and you are the person that caused it." It was signed, "Lisa & Asher."
Here's the 7News on the latest developments, followed by the original arrest warrant for Lisa and our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage on the arrest of Lisa Marie Lesyshen for the murder of her son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, including photos and videos.