The murder case against Letecia Stauch in the death of her 11-year-old stepson will move forward, an El Paso County District Court judge ruled Thursday.
District Judge Gregory Werner found sufficient probable cause after listening to testimony during a preliminary hearing earlier this month for Stauch, 38, who is accused of killing Gannon Stauch in January 2020, while the two were home alone.
The boy disappeared Jan. 27, 2020, and his stepmother was charged with first-degree murder on March 2, 2020. Gannon’s body was found under a bridge in Florida on March 17, 2020. He had been shot and stabbed, then put into a suitcase and thrown off an overpass near Pensacola.
During Letecia Stauch’s preliminary hearing, prosecutors presented evidence that Letecia Stauch killed Gannon in his bedroom, then initially dumped his body near Colorado 105 and South Perry Park Road before renting a van and driving with her teenage daughter from Colorado to Pensacola.
Letecia Stauch’s hotel in Florida was about three miles away from the spot where Gannon’s body was later discovered, testimony showed. Letecia Stauch’s DNA was found on a 9 mm gun inside the family’s home, and investigators found a significant amount of bloodstains in Gannon’s bedroom. His body was found with bloody bedding and a pillow that was missing from the family’s home, and a bullet found in Gannon’s head appeared to have been fired from the 9 mm gun.
On the day Gannon disappeared, Stauch asked her teenage daughter to stop by a store and buy carpet-cleaning supplies, baking soda, trash bags and other items around 5 p.m, according to an affidavit detailing the evidence against her.
Letecia Stauch is scheduled to return to court Nov. 4.
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