Clay and Sheila Fletcher plead guilty to manslaughter

Parents free on bail, plead no contest to manslaughter in death of daughter Lacey

EAST FELICIANA – The parents of a 36-year-old woman who died melded into their couch pled no contest to lesser charges of manslaughter on Monday.

The couple has been released on bail until February 20. Officials say they will have to surrender until sentencing on March 20.

Clay and Sheila Fletcher, both 66, were indicted on second-degree murder charges in the death of their daughter Lacey Ellen Fletcher, whose body was found fused to a couch in their home and covered in her own feces, urine and maggots.

The duo turned themselves in after the 2023 indictment and their bonds were set at $250,000 each.

Lacey Fletcher’s body was found on January 3, 2022, at her parents’ home on Tom Drive in Slaughter, Louisiana, located in East Feliciana Parish. Her body was covered in her own waste and urine, according to officials. Lacey had bed sores down to her bones and maggots crawling over her remains and 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.

Lacey Fletcher daughter died on couch

The June 2023 date was the second time a grand jury indicted the parents. A grand jury handed down a second-degree murder indictment in May 2022.

Lacey Fletcher daughter died on couch
Lacey Ellen Fletcher

Sheila and Clay Fletcher turned themselves into the East Feliciana Parish Prison soon after the indictments for their daughter who died on a couch. Their bond was set at $300,000 each. They both bonded out shortly after.

Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence up to 40 years in Louisiana. A sentencing date has been set for March 20, 2024.

Steve Moore is representing the parents. UWK did reach out for a comment ahead of the Feb. 5th court date. He said he did not have a comment at this time.

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10 Responses

  1. I am nauseated ever time I read are see young lady in EAST FELICIANA PARISH that suffered and died in her Home from ABUSE NEGLECT. LIFE IN PRISON IS TO GOOD FOR THIS Heartless,Cruel,Low life,murders. They should have never been allowed to walk one day free.bonded out same day. WHERE HAS JUSTICE GONE?

  2. I agree 100% prison is to good for them anybody that would do their own child like that or anybody else don’t deserve to live they need to be fried and the judge that squashed it needs to be right along with them.

  3. Anyone that did this atrocity who didn’t have close ties with the local government would undoubtedly receive life in prison and would have NEVER received a bail. Anything less than the Maximum with appear like corruption to me!

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