Letecia Stauch pleads not guilty in death of stepson Gannon; trial expected to start in March 2022
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Colorado woman accused of killing her own stepson entered a not guilty plea.
The plea from Letecia Stauch came Thursday afternoon with her trial expected to start on March 28, 2022. Investigators believe she killed her stepson Gannon, who was only 11 at the time of his death.
Stauch -- who has declined to attend her last few court sessions, including September’s hearing to decide whether her case would go before a jury -- was told by the judge she would have to appear at Thursday’s plea hearing.
Gannon disappeared from his Fountain home in January 2020 and his remains were found stuffed in a suitcase in Florida two months later. Investigators say the person responsible for shooting, stabbing and beating the young boy was his stepmother. She is the sole suspect in the case.
Prosecutors laid out their case against Stauch in a preliminary hearing in September, revealing details never before made public. Among these revelations: that law enforcement allegedly found blood-soaked furniture in the Stauch family home and a trail of blood leading from Gannon’s room to the garage; that a series of GPS signals from Stauch’s phone and vehicle allegedly showed how she was trying to find a spot to dump Gannon’s body, first in Colorado and then across the country; and findings from the autopsy which showed how Gannon was shot under the chin and beaten over the head, as well as stabbed multiple times and slashed in the arms.
If, as expected, Stauch pleas not guilty, her trial will be sometime in 2022, 4th Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen said.
11 News spoke exclusively with Letecia in her neighborhood soon after Gannon went missing and search efforts were underway:
Timeline on the case
Monday, Jan. 27
- 6:55 p.m., El Paso County Sheriff’s Office dispatch receives call of a runaway child, 6600 block of Mandan Drive in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood.
- 7:32 p.m., Gannon Stauch entered into state and national databases as active runaway
- Last seen between 3 and 4 p.m. on the 27th
- Nothing found on initial search
Tuesday, Jan. 28
- 12:29 p.m., case turned over to EPSO investigators
- Detectives conduct interviews, collect surveillance, follow up on additional leads
- Arrest affidavit says this was the day Stauch hid Gannon’s body in an area north of Palmer Lake in Douglas County. She would allegedly return to this spot over the next few days to make sure his remains were hidden.
Thursday, Jan. 30
- Upgrade case from runaway to endangered missing child
- EPSO requests resources from NCMEC and FBI Crimes Abduction Rapid Deployment Team
Friday, Jan. 31
- Letecia Stauch speaks exclusively to 11 News reporter Spencer Wilson. She leaves for South Carolina shortly after this interview.
Monday, Feb. 3
- Neighbor comes forward with home surveillance video showing a driver and passenger getting into a truck the day Gannon went missing, and only one person returning hours later.
- 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May is first seen at the Stauch home.
Monday, March 2
- Letecia Stauch arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Wednesday, March 4
- Stauch allegedly attacked a deputy and was held in a Kansas jail, according to a source.
Friday, March 20
- Authorities announced they believe they found the remains of Gannon in Florida and file new charges against Stauch.
Nov. 4, 2021:
-Letecia pleads not guilty
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