Parents plead not guilty in death of daughter found on couch with feces around it; trial date rescheduled

Clay and Sheila Fletcher
Clay and Sheila Fletcher(East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 3:13 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 21, 2022 at 12:24 PM CST
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EAST FELICIANA PARISH, La. (WAFB) - The parents of a woman who died on a couch in their home pleaded not guilty Tuesday, July 19, at the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse.

Clay and Sheila Fletcher are facing a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of their daughter, Lacey Fletcher.

Lacey Fletcher, 36, was disabled and died at her parents’ home on Jan. 3, according to Dr. Ewell Dewitt Bickham III, the coroner in East Feliciana Parish.

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Bickham said Fletcher was found lying dead on a 1960s-style sofa, with urine and feces everywhere around her.

Lacey Fletcher
Lacey Fletcher(East Feliciana Parish Coroner's Office)

Back in May, a grand jury found enough evidence in the case for the parents to stand trial for murder.

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The couple will be back in court on September 6.

The trial was initially tentatively set for Feb. 6, 2023. On Dec. 20, 2022, the expected trial date was changed to June 19, 2023, District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla confirmed.

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