Lisa Marie Lesyshen to stand trial for killing son Asher after learning of husband's affair

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Big photos, videos below.
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.

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.

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Asher Leyshen-Kirlan.
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.

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Michael Kirlan in court yesterday.
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."

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.

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Lisa Marie Lesyshen at the hearing.
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.

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.

Lisa Marie Lesyshen Arrest Warrant

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.


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anavay_kindredspirit
anavay_kindredspirit

This is incredibly sad and I wonder if there is more to the story than what's being published. My husband cheated on me for 8 years but did I turn around and kill my girls? Absolutely not. People try to blame the foolish actions of others for doing the stupid things that they do, instead of turning those bad experiences into life experiences and overcoming and becoming a stronger individual.

glengratton
glengratton

Kid is better off without these two douche bags for parents.

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

Latisha and Justin, are you kidding?! Like it is his fault that she is a crazy bitch? Making a comment implying it was his fault only confirms that it was okay for her to punish him by taking the life of her own child. Infidelity is wrong in it's own sense, but she probably would have killed the kid anyway even if he decided to divorce her instead of cheat. She is a selfish cunt and obviously only looked at her own child as a fuck-trophy.

Ben Tackett
Ben Tackett

Your taste in what to post on Facebook SUCKS. Keep spreading negative stories. I'm officially done with you.

Alyx Zierk
Alyx Zierk

It makes no sense?!!! Y the kid & not the husband?? An innocent child who had fucked up parents. (Not saying it would've been right to kill the husband)

Beth Ketel
Beth Ketel

She was planning this killing after learning of the affair. This is premeditated murder for revenge-plain and simple. Such a tragedy.

Jennifer Gonzales
Jennifer Gonzales

There are women who find out every day that their husbands are cheating on them and don't kill their children because of it. He shouldn't have cheated, and I'm sure that he will suffer for the rest of his life. For the loss of his son, and I'm sure he will blame himself for it too. Even though the mother is 100% responsible for the death of her child. I'm not sure how he refrained from killing her, maybe he thought she would die from her injuries.

Dana Trujillo
Dana Trujillo

fragile mind. so sad. that much in despair....horrible.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

I don't support the death penalty but in cases like this it's hard to not make an exception

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

Damn, really wish she was a Better shot on her own head. Now I get to pay extra for this person because she couldn't finish the job and has to wheel around and get special jail treatment. When I read articles like this it makes me feel like jail should really be hell and if it isn't then people like this should be executed fast to save the real world money. What a waste. And her husband should have to show up somewhere and have a really big dude kick him as hard as possible right in the nuts everyday for the rest of his life.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Just because you can't stop every sociopath doesn't mean you shouldn't stop those you can. I'm sure this father would agree.

Tracey Nichols
Tracey Nichols

you are right.. to some degree.. but adequate trick questions just may expose them!

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

What about sociopaths? They would easily pass a psychological profile questionnaire, sadly.

Tracey Nichols
Tracey Nichols

DAMN IT!!! This is EXACTLY why we need to screen ppl for mental illness.. psychological profile... BEFORE allowing them a gun!!! So damn sad! I narrowly escaped a similar situation 23 yrs ago.. it's fact that someone with deranged thinking cannot adequately pass a well written psychological profile questionnaire !

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