3.9k Share this

A Louisiana prosecutor says he will ask a grand jury to hand up a murder indictment against the parents of a 36-year-old woman found dead in January, sunk into a hole she’d worn in a couch she hadn’t moved from, possibly in years.

East Feliciana Parish District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla told NOLA.com that recluse Lacey Ellen Fletcher had severe sores on her underside and fecal matter smushed onto her face, abdomen, and chest. Her hair, he said, was matted and filled with maggots.

Photos of the sores appeared “rotten to the bone,” he said.

The parish coroner, Ewell Bickham III, ruled Fletcher’s death a homicide, saying she died of “severe chronic neglect,” D’Aquilla said. Fletcher weighed just 96 pounds at the time of death and was positive for COVID-19, he said.

“The question on everybody’s mind is, how could they be caretakers living in the house with her and have her get in a condition like that?” D’Aquilla said. “It’s cruelty to the infirm. We can’t just let it sit.”

It wasn’t clear, he said, how long it had been since Lacey left the living room or since the last time anyone other than her parents had seen her.

Fletcher’s parents — 64-year-old former Zachary city alderman Sheila Fletcher and Clay Fletcher — said in an interview about two weeks after their daughter’s death that she was autistic and had “some degree of Asperger’s syndrome” but had been “of sound mind to make her own type of decisions” until she died, D’Aquila said.

She attended school through the 9th grade, when she entered a home-school program, the parents said, and experience extreme social anxiety as a teen. She met with a psychologist for three years and saw a doctor years later in her 20s, the parents said, but not after.

Sheila and Clay Fletcher said their daughter parked in the living room and wouldn’t leave, so they brought her meals and set up a potty that she didn’t use. Instead, she relieved herself in the hole she’d worn in the couch.

“The caretakers just let her sit on the couch. She just urinated and used the bathroom on the couch,” D’Aquilla said. “It was so horrific.”

The DA said the parents considered committing her to a medical facility at one point, but the daughter didn’t want to, so they dropped the matter.

“I don’t think they (did) anything after that,” D’Aquilla said. “I think if somebody would have seen her that something would have been done.”

The Fletchers told detectives that Lacey never complained about the sores she had and that her mother regularly cleaned them.

The parents said their daughter had begun eating less in the fall. On the night before her death, her mother said she ate half a sandwich and some Cheetos. Sheila Fletcher — who resigned as a Zachary alderman three weeks after her daughter’s death — fell asleep on a chair in the living room about 10 p.m., when Lacey was alive, but she had died when she woke up the next morning.

She called 911, and deputies arrived, noting a strong smell from the living room.

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast.

[Featured image: Lacey Ellen Fletcher/obituary photo]

Source: This post first appeared on

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Kate Moss Expected to Testify for Johnny Depp: Source

Kate Moss attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology…

Dale Spidle Arrested for Alleged Florida Crime Spree

Dale Daniel Spidle A man has been implicated in a bewildering crime…

Michelle Mone faces criminal interview over £200m PPE deal as part of probe into contracts

Baroness Mone faces the prospect of being interviewed under caution by investigators…

Mom Found Dead In Recycling Bin Under Her Porch Hours After Son Reports Her Missing – Crime Online

An investigation is underway after a missing Massachusetts woman’s body was reportedly…

Substitute Teacher Charged With Molesting Students in Classroom – Crime Online

A California substitute teacher has been arrested on suspicion of molesting four…

Pair tied up, man shot during home invasion in West Bexar County, BCSO says

SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is searching for three…

Elderly Veteran Found in Trash Can Behind His Home Months After He’s Reported Missing – Crime Online

A body discovered this month in a trash can behind a Michigan…

Justice Thomas, SCOTUS Rules Against Two Death Row Inmates

Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Justice Clarence Thomas led a six-member…