Letecia Stauch makes first court appearance in El Paso County

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EL PASO COUNTY — The woman charged with the murder of her 11-year-old stepson faced an El Paso County judge for the first time Wednesday afternoon.

Letecia Stauch was formally charged with the alleged murder and disappearance of Gannon Stauch. She stayed quiet during the entire hearing.

“The charges we filed against her are merely allegations, she is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen said.

Prosecutors say there is an overwhelming amount of reports and search warrants linked to this case. The District Attorney’s Office said there were nearly 107 of them in Colorado and more in South Carolina.

“There’s a lot of evidence in this case, but I won’t get into the specifics, I’m not trying this case in the media,” Allen said.

Gannon’s biological parents were both in the courtroom holding back tears while in the same room as the woman accused of killing their son.

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11-year-old Gannon Stauch was reported missing on January 27.

Letecia Stauch has been charged with:
– Murder in the First Degree (Child Under Twelve – Position of Trust)
– Child Abuse Resulting in Death
– Tampering with a Deceased Human Body
– Tampering with Physical Evidence

Letecia Stauch / El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Letecia Stauch / El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

She is being held, without bond, in the Criminal Justice Center.

On January 27, Stauch called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and reported Gannon, her stepson, had left their home on Mandan Drive in Security and never returned. She said the boy had gone to visit a friend.

EPSO spearheaded search efforts for the boy as well as a parallel-running investigation into his disappearance.

Stauch was arrested on March 2 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and extradited back to Colorado Springs.

Gannon is presumed dead, however, his body has not yet been found.

“We still want to bring Gannon home so that he can have a proper burial,” said Michael Allen, with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. “We also want to hold the person that we are charging, Letecia Stauch, accountable for what she did in this case.”

Gannon’s biological parents, Al Stauch and Landen Hiott, have addressed the public on a few occasions, including through a video statement they released through the El Paso County Youtube channel.

“Gannon is still with us,” Hiott said at the press conference during which Stauch’s arrest was announced. “He’s the world’s hero.”

People from all around the area have gathered outside the courthouse to show their support to Gannon’s family.

To allow time to review all of the evidence and information in the case, Judge Gregory Werner pushed Stauch’s status hearing to April 14.

Prosecutors said they have not ruled out the possibility of pursuing the death penalty despite a bill passed in the Colorado General Assembly calling to repeal the state’s death penalty for any crimes on or after July 1, 2020.

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The judge ordered a copy of the affidavit to be released to the defense immediately. The probable cause affidavit remains sealed.

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