EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Letecia Stauch’s extradition back to Colorado was completed Thursday morning.
Stauch is charged with first-degree murder and more, in connection to the disappearance of her stepson, Gannon Stauch.
“It’s a new challenge a homicide case without a body but it doesn’t make it more or less difficult,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen said.
The 11-year-old has been missing since January 27, his body has not been found. Letecia Stauch said she last saw him between 3:15 and 4 p.m. that day before he left for a friend’s home in their suburban neighborhood just southeast of Colorado Springs.
Stauch was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Monday and arrived in El Paso County around 9 a.m. Thursday. She’s being held without bond.
Stauch did make an unexpected stop during that drive, in Saline County, Kansas, where she spent the night Wednesday.
On Thursday afternoon, an El Paso County judge advised Stauch of the charges against her, which include first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased human body and tampering with physical evidence.
Public Defender Kathryn Strobel waived the advisement, on Stauch’s behalf. Formal charges are expected to be filed Wednesday, March 11 at 4 p.m.
Strobel filed an objection to the media’s presence at the event.
Gannon Stauch’s biological parents listened in from a separate room at the courthouse during the advisement.
All of the documents regarding this case remain sealed.
“We want to make sure we are protecting the information so that if any suspects are found, we can have some private information they wouldn’t have unless they are involved,” Allen said.
Allen said at this time it is too early to say if there’s a plea deal on the table.
“Potential plea in this case?” Allen stated, “It’s too premature, I am disappointed the death penalty is going away because it is a valuable law enforcement tool, absolutely.”
In accordance with state law, parents and guardians of Widefield School District 3 received an email on Thursday notifying that a former employee, Letecia Stauch had been charged with a criminal offense. School officials confirm that she was a teacher from March 2019 – November 2019.
On Tuesday, in Horry County, South Carolina, Stauch had another video conference with a judge, at which time she elected not to fight extradition back to Colorado.
The sheriff’s office said it will continue to accept credible tips in this case. Those can be made by calling 719-520-6666 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.