Letecia Stauch enters insanity plea in shooting, stabbing death of 11-year-old stepson Gannon.

Letecia Stauch, the stepmother of 11-year-old Colorado Springs boy Gannon Stauch, whose body was found in Florida after he’d been shot and stabbed, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Friday.

Gannon disappeared from his family’s Colorado Springs home on Jan. 27, 2020. Letecia Stauch was the last person to see him alive.

The boy’s body was found March 17, 2020, under a bridge near Pensacola, Florida, wrapped in bedding and inside a suitcase. He had been shot in the jaw, stabbed in the chest and back, and suffered a skull fracture. He also had cuts on his arms and hands that appeared to be defensive wounds, Sgt. Jason Yoder, with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, testified at a preliminary hearing in September.

Gannon’s body appeared to have been in the suitcase for some time, Yoder testified. Authorities found a bullet in his skull, and two bullets in a pillow that was with him in the suitcase, he said.

Authorities believe Letecia Stauch killed Gannon in his bedroom while the two were home alone.

During Letecia Stauch’s preliminary hearing, prosecutors presented evidence that she killed Gannon at their house, 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, Letecia 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.

 

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