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A man from Arapahoe County was convicted of killing his wife near Cherry Creek Reservoir

LITTLETON, CO – MARCH 08: The Arapahoe County Plaza that houses the Arapahoe County Courthouse in Littleton, Colorado on March 8, 2016. (Photo by Katie Wood/The Denver Post)

A 46-year-old man from Arapahoe County accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife the day before their divorce was finalized was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted kidnapping, and using a stun gun after a jury trial on Thursday.

A 46-year-old man from Arapahoe County was charged with shooting his estranged wife to death just before their divorce was completed. He was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted kidnapping and using a stun gun after a trial by jury on Thursday.

David Lechner was arrested on March 30, 2023, after his wife, Tracy Lechner, 42, was shot outside a home in the 5200 block of South Geneva Way near Cherry Creek Reservoir. She died at the scene.

After his wife’s murder, police discovered David Lechner with a “go bag” containing around $10,000 cash, a passport and credit cards, as reported previously.

The jury took less than four hours to find David Lechner guilty of three out of the four charges. He was cleared of one count of felony menacing, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

David Lechner is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday.

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