Letecia Stauch formally charged in Colorado murder case for 11-year-old Gannon
The stepmother of a missing boy made her first physical appearance before a judge on Wednesday.
You can watch video from the courtroom at the top of this article and reaction from the District Attorney's Office at the bottom.
Letecia Stauch, 36, accused of killing 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, made a video appearance before a judge last week four days after her arrest. Wednesday marked her first appearance in a courtroom, where she was formally charged in the case.
The disappearance of Gannon Stauch on Jan. 27 captured the attention of people nationwide. Communities developed online as people from far-flung states like Alaska and Vermont followed the case intently, and when the news broke last week that the boy was presumed dead, hearts were broken across the country.
Anytime Stauch is making a court appearance, Sgt. Deborah Mynatt with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office wanted to remind the public that no matter how passionate they may feel, signs, outbursts, and any kind of communication attempt with Stauch is expressly forbidden.
"Have professional decorum: that means no signage, no yelling; there is absolutely no communicating with inmates whatsoever when they are in court, and if you do those type of things, you will be asked to leave immediately and you might even face charges depending on the situation, depending on the judge’s decision.”
The judge announced use of a phone to take pictures or record audio was not permitted.
"If you are lucky enough to be afforded a seat in that courtroom ... remember not to have any cell phones, not to have any recording devices whatsoever.”
During first appearances, defendants are formally charged in their case. Stauch is facing charges of first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased body, and tampering with evidence.
No other charges were presented Wednesday.
A status conference for the case was scheduled for April 14 at 3 p.m. to check back in on the process of the evidence.