EAST FELICIANA — The parents of a 36-yr-old woman were arrested and have since bonded out after a grand jury indictment for murder.
Clay and Sheila Fletcher were indicted on second-degree murder charges Monday in the death of their daughter Lacey Ellen Fletcher, whose body was found fused to a couch in feces and maggots in their home.
The duo turned themselves in after Monday’s indictment. Their bonds were set at $250,000 each. Both have since made bond and were released from the East Feliciana Parish prison on Monday.
Lacey Fletcher’s body was found on Jan. 3, 2022, at her parents’ home in Slaughter in East Feliciana Parish on Tom Dr. Her body was covered in her waste, according to officials. She had bed sores down to her bones, maggots crawling over her remains, and she weighed only 96 pounds at the time of her death.
She had also been exposed to Covid-19 and had multiple infections. Officials said she may have been on the couch since 2010.
Because of Monday’s indictment, a new court date will be set.
It is the second time a grand jury indicted the parents. A grand jury handed down a second-degree murder indictment in May 2022.
Sheila & Clay Fletcher turned themselves into the East Feliciana Parish Prison soon after the indictments. Their bond was set at $300,000 each. They both bonded out shortly after.
In early June 2023, a judge accepted a motion to quash the charges because of incorrect information in the affidavits. The trial for both parents was supposed to begin Monday.
Steven Moore, one of the Fletchers’ attorneys, filed the motion to quash.
A motion to quash refers to a specific type of request in which one court is asked to render the decision made by another lower court invalid.