Parents plead not guilty in death of daughter found on couch with feces around it; trial date set for 2023

Clay and Sheila Fletcher
Clay and Sheila Fletcher(East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 3:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2022 at 10:49 PM CDT
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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 morning at the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse.

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

36-year-old Fletcher 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 told WAFB, 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 is tentatively set for February 6, 2023.

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