Lisa Marie Lesyshen enters insanity plea in killing of her nine-year-old son, Asher

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Update, 6:03 a.m. May 31: More information is emerging about the tragic murder of Routt County's Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, age nine.

According to local law-enforcement reports, Asher's parents, Lisa Marie Lesyshen and Michael Kirlan, were going through a separation at the time Lisa shot Asher multiple times, killing him.

Afterward, she told Michael to come upstairs and kill her.

As we reported in our original coverage, on view below in its entirety, Michael phoned 911 just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday to say that his son was dead and his wife had a gun at their home, in the community of Stagecoach. Deputies soon discovered Asher's body, as well as Lisa's; she'd shot herself but was still alive.

Here's a photo of Asher with Michael -- part of a gallery mainly consisting of images supplied by readers of Steamboat Today, which is doing the heavy lifting on this story:

In the wake of the shooting, Steamboat Today revealed that a post had appeared on Michael's Facebook page alluding to an alleged affair. It was subsequently deleted, raising the possibility that someone other than Michael had shared it. However, neither the woman pictured nor a friend of Michael's would comment on the situation, and the sheriff's office declined to discuss the matter in the context of a possible motive for the shooting.

Now, however, more information is emerging, with Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins holding a press conference and his office releasing a police report obtained by Steamboat Today.

The report reveals that Michael and Lisa were in the process of separating, although no divorce papers had been filed.

Also: When Michael called for emergency services, he said Asher had been shot but was still breathing -- he subsequently died of multiple gunshot wounds -- and Lisa was upstairs. A quote from the report: "Lisa Lesyshen was telling him to come and kill her."

Asher had been shot in his bedroom; Michael had moved him to the living room. As for Lisa, deputies and Oak Creek police who responded to the scene found her beside her own bed with a single gunshot wound, although three shell casings were in the vicinity of a nearby revolver.

She was conscious and has reportedly confessed to killing Asher. At the hospital, she also asked for an attorney.

Here are two more photos of Asher, followed by our previous coverage, marked by several videos showing the boy during much happier times.

Continue for our original coverage of Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan's death, including numerous videos.
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