The 11-yr-previous Colorado Springs boy whose disappearance final calendar year drew countrywide focus in advance of his system was identified in Florida was shot and stabbed, a detective testified Thursday through a preliminary hearing in the murder situation brought in opposition to the boy’s stepmother, Letecia Stauch.
Gannon Stauch disappeared from his family’s Colorado Springs home on Jan. 27, 2020. Letecia Stauch, 38, was the final individual to see him alive, and authorities believe she killed Gannon in his bedroom although the two had been dwelling alone that afternoon.
The boy’s physique was uncovered March 17, 2020, beneath a bridge near Pensacola, Florida, wrapped in bedding and inside of a suitcase. He had been shot in the jaw, stabbed in the chest and again, and experienced a cranium fracture. He also experienced cuts on his arms and arms that appeared to be defensive wounds, Sgt. Jason Yoder, with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Business office in Florida, testified.
Gannon’s body appeared to have been in the suitcase for some time, Yoder testified. Authorities discovered a bullet in his skull, and two bullets in a pillow that was with him in the suitcase, he stated.
In Gannon’s bed room, investigators discovered proof of blood splatter on the walls and bloodstains on his mattress, carpet and bed room ground. Authorities also observed traces of Gannon’s blood on the family’s garage ground and on the bumper of Stauch’s automobile, in accordance to an affidavit submitted against her.
A 9 mm gun discovered in the family’s dwelling had Stauch’s DNA on it, a properly as the DNA of two other people today, El Paso County sheriff’s Sgt. Rosario Hubbell testified. The bullet uncovered in Gannnon’s head appeared to have been fired from that gun, he testified.
On the working day Gannon disappeared, Stauch questioned her teenage daughter to prevent by a keep and buy carpet-cleaning materials, baking soda, trash bags and other things around 5 p.m, in accordance to the affidavit.
She called 911 to report Gannon as missing, expressing he experienced unsuccessful to return from a friend’s dwelling, but she couldn’t identify the buddy he was supposedly browsing, and her account modified continually all over the investigation, sometimes like details about the criminal offense that only the killer would know, in accordance to the affidavit.
The early morning immediately after Gannon disappeared, Stauch drove her car to the Colorado Springs airport and parked there. She then rented a car or truck, picked up Gannon’s father from a flight — he’d been out of city for two days — and returned household in the rented automobile, testified Kevin Clark, who worked the case as an analyst for Colorado Springs law enforcement.
Later that night, Stauch retrieved her car and then drove to the space close to Colorado 105 and South Perry Park Road in Douglas County, exactly where investigators believe that she originally dumped Gannon’s entire body. Stauch’s mobile phone appeared to be in plane manner for a number of hours that night time, testimony unveiled, and searchers afterwards observed a board with Gannon’s blood on it in that spot.
On Feb. 1, 2020, Stauch rented a van and drove with her teenage daughter from Colorado to Pensacola. They arrived just immediately after midnight on Feb. 4, he testified. They stayed in a resort about a few miles away from the spot exactly where Gannon’s body was afterwards identified before heading to Orlando and then South Carolina, where Stauch previously lived.
In an unconventional move Thursday, Stauch declined to be existing for the duration of the preliminary listening to, as an alternative enabling the proceeding to go ahead without the need of her.
1 of her protection lawyers, Joshua Tolini, pointed out all through cross-evaluation that the again door to the family’s household opened 10 instances all through the window of time in which investigators believe that Gannon was killed — he advised another person else may have entered the dwelling. He also stated there was no historical past of documented baby abuse or issues in the home that ordinarily precede baby homicides, and stated that Stauch’s coworkers and mates described her as a excellent stepmother.
Stauch’s on the internet exercise and Google queries suggested she was unhappy in her relationship and may well have resented caring for her stepchildren, according to the affidavit.
Decide Gregory Werner is scheduled to make a ruling Sept. 23 as to whether prosecutors presented evidence displaying enough possible result in to just take the circumstance to trial.