Court delay? Couple accused of daughter’s murder claim exposure to COVID

CLINTON- The long-awaited arraignment of a couple accused of leaving their daughter to waste away on a couch for years will be delayed after the pair claim exposure to COVID.

The hearing in Clinton was scheduled for Tuesday, but will continue when a judge hears the case, prosecutors say.

Sheila and Clay Fletcher were indicted by a grand jury in May for second-degree murder. Both are accused of doing nothing to help their daughter, leaving her to melt into a couch for years.

The WBRZ Investigation Unit revealed the situation to Slaughter in April. The following week, District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla took the case to a grand jury.

“This case was so awful,” District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla said. “The coroner and sheriff’s office investigated this case first. The condition she was found in was just amazing. You don’t treat people or animals like that.”

Matthew Lorio is following this case closely.

“It keeps me up at night, it’s bad,” Lorio said. “I can’t believe someone could do this to someone.”

Lacey Fletcher was found so neglected that her feet up to her buttocks were covered in open sores exposed to bone. Lacey’s legs blended into the upholstery of the couch in what was described as a latrine. His bodyfrom her hair to her toescovered in excrement and insects.

Neighbors told WBRZ in April that the Fletchers were the church-going type. They always saw them outside.

Now, with so much media attention on this situation, people like Lorio and others are wondering how anyone could be on this jury.

Late Monday night, Fletcher’s attorney confirmed that his clients would not be in court. He expects their arraignment to continue at another date due to illness.

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