Routt County man says wife killed son, attempted suicide after learning of affair

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DENVER -- A woman accused of shooting and killing her 9-year-old son and then shooting herself at a home near Steamboat Springs appeared in a Denver court on Wednesday.

A Routt County judge ruled evidence was sufficient to hold defendant Lisa Lesyshen over for trial on the charges of first degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

Lesyshen is being held at the Denver County Jail due to injuries she suffered in an apparent suicide attempt. She allegedly shot herself in the neck at her home in Oak Creek, which paralyzed her from the waist down and also led to her losing most of the functionality in her arms.

On Wednesday, Lesyshen's husband, Michael Kirlan, testified that in the days leading up to the shooting, his wife confronted him about a series of emails on his computer that were sent by another woman. When Kirlan admitted he was having an affair with that woman, he said Lesyshen "was very angry."

After several days of discussions, Kirlan testified that the couple agreed Kirlan would move out, but that the couple would not file for divorce, so that Lesyshen could remain on Kirlan's health insurance plan.

After reading a story to his son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, before putting him to bed on the night of May 29, Kirlan said he went to sleep in the basement of the home the couple shared. At approximately 3 a.m., Kirlan said he was startled by a noise. When he went upstairs, Kirlan said he saw Lesyshen run out of their son's room.

"I don't know what just happened in there," Lesyshen said, according to Kirlan.

Kirlan said he entered the room and found his son bleeding from the side and mouth. He testified that he called 911. A recording of Kirlan's 911 call was played for the court, and ended with Kirlan saying "she (Lesyshen) wants me to kill her. I'm not touching her."

When Routt County Sheriff's deputies eventually arrived on scene, they found Asher had been shot five times and was dead. Lesyshen was reportedly found unconscious, suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the neck.

Asher was a third-grader at Soda Creek Elementary in Steamboat Springs, according to Steamboat Today.



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