Lucas trial in Pueblo delayed again The trial of Donthe Lucas for first-degree murder in the disappearance of Kelsie Schelling of Denver has been postponed to next year after the judge in the case granted a motion filed by the defense to push back the date. Lucas’ trial now is scheduled to begin on Jan. 14. It had previously been scheduled to begin July 30. Before that the trial was scheduled for April 2. Guillermo Garibay, one of Lucas’ defense attorneys, filed a motion to move the trial to June 3. In the motion, Garibay stated more time is needed to prepare for trial due to the large number of prosecution witnesses that had been endorsed as of Jan. 7 and the additional number of witnesses that have been endorsed afterward. He also cited the demanding workload preparing for trial given the “overwhelming” amount of discovery that needs to be reviewed and studied, and the difficulty in locating and interviewing many witnesses who frequently move without providing forwarding addresses. “Requiring the defense to proceed to trial on July 30... guarantees because counsel does not have sufficient time to adequately prepare to give Mr. Lucas the fair trial, effective assistance of counsel, the complete defense, and the fair trial to which he is entitled to,” Garibay wrote. Prosecutors objected to the delay and urged the judge to deny the defense’s motion to continue the jury trial.