The 11-year-old Colorado Springs boy whose disappearance drew national attention before his body was found in Florida was shot and stabbed, a detective finally testified during a preliminary hearing in the murder case revealing the culprit of this gruesome murder.
According to El Paso County Deputy District Attorney, the boy’s own stepmother, Letecia Stauch, stands accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson, Gannon Stauch.
Gannon disappeared from his Colorado Springs home on January 27 and was missing until remains were discovered 1,400 miles away by construction workers under an overpass in Pace, north of Pensacola.
The workers then called the Florida Department of Transportation, who, in turn, alerted the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Sun, and the remains were tentatively identified as Gannon.
“We met with the family earlier today, and obviously they’re distraught with this information,” shared Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen. “They were still holding out hope that Gannon would come home alive, despite the original charges that we filed in this case, and they’re struggling, and they rightfully would be.”
The news came after the 36-year-old Letecia Stauch was booked into the El Paso County jail on charges of first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased human body, and tampering with evidence.
A preliminary examination performed on Gannon by the District One Medical Examiner has revealed that the young boy was killed after he had been hit by a blunt object, stabbed, and shot by his killer, who police say is Letecia.
Letecia was first arrested on March 2 in South Carolina and was later extradited to Colorado, where she is facing charges of murder of a child under 12 years of age by a person in a position of trust.
After Gannon was first reported missing, the stepmother had claimed to authorities that she had last seen him between 3:15 pm and 4 pm on January 27 and that he had gone to a friend’s home.
The 11-year-old was subsequently classified as a “runaway” but new evidence in the form of surveillance video taken from a neighbor’s home saw the authorities upgrade the case to that of a missing or endangered person and identify Letecia as a suspect.
She was arrested in South Carolina soon after and police announced they no longer thought the boy was alive and well.
The footage had captured Letecia leaving their home with Gannon in her pickup truck at 10:13 am on January 27, but returning alone a few hours later. Officials said there was no footage available that showed Gannon coming in or leaving the house after 2.19 pm.
A friend of Gannon’s father, Albert, said he “just broke down and started saying ‘she lied, she lied about the time'” after watching the video.
In an interview before her arrest with a TV channel, Letecia denied any involvement in her stepson’s death and insisted that she would never hurt the boy.
“I took care of Gannon for the last two years in our home because his mother didn’t want to do it,” she said. “I would never ever, ever hurt this child… these people have these conspiracy theories… I’m like: ‘Why are you saying Gannon is dead?’ He is not dead. We are going to find Gannon.”
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