The stepmother of slain Colorado boy, Gannon Stauch, could possibly be granted bond, depending on the outcome of an upcoming court hearing.
Letecia “Tecia” Stauch is accused of killing 11-year-old Gannon on January 27, while alone with him inside their Colorado Springs home. Authorities arrested Stauch in March. Weeks later, Gannon’s body was discovered in Pace, Florida, roughly 1,377 miles away from the area he disappeared from.
Stauch is now scheduled to appear before 4th Judicial District Judge Greg Werner in El Paso County, Colorado, for a preliminary hearing, between June 5 and June 8, according to online court records.
CrimeOnline spoke to Stauch from the El Paso County jail on Wednesday; she indicated that the case was moving slower due to court delays over coronavirus concerns.
During the June hearing, Werner will make a decision whether the evidence against Stauch is sufficient enough to presume a likely conviction against her on murder and related charges. If the judge agrees there is enough evidence, Stauch will remain behind bars without bond while awaiting trial.
If the judge decides that the prosecution did not provide enough for evidence for presumed guilt, Stauch could become eligible for bond.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, prosecutors said a 32-page affidavit show that “probable cause exists to believe that” Stauch murdered her stepson.
Stauch was the sole caregiver at the time of the boy’s disappearance. Gannon’s father, Albert Stauch, was on a work trip with the U.S. National Guards in Oklahoma, and his biological mother, Landen Hiott, was in South Carolina.
According to the affidavit, Stauch brutally attacked and killed Gannon inside his bedroom on January 27. Despite a neighbor who said his video showed Stauch leaving with Gannon on the morning of January 27 and later returning home alone, investigators believe that “Gannon likely did return home with Letecia that afternoon,” and died inside the residence.
Evidence from inside Gannon’s bedroom includes blood spatter on the walls, blood that soaked through the carpet, 50 droplets of blood on the wall, blood on wall sockets, and blood on the boy’s mattress.
“Based on the orientation of Gannon’s bed, the vast majority of the blood would be in line with the position of his head and torso,” the affidavit reads.
A store receipt obtained by investigators showed a purchase for baking soda, a carpet cleaner, and trash bags on January 27, after 6 p.m. Investigators obtained Stauch’s phone and according to text messages, she instructed her 17-year-old daughter to buy the items for her.
Prosecutors allege that Stauch used the purchased items to clean up the crime scene. Investigators said the 17-year-old was likely not present when Gannon was killed.
Stauch told CrimeOnline on Wednesday that she maintains her innocence. Although she declined to discuss the details of the case, she said she is currently working with an attorney for her defense.
“It’s 90% speculation,” Stauch said, referring to the affidavit.
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[Feature Photo: Letecia Stauch/KRDO-TV/The Gazette via AP, Pool, Gannon Stauch/Facebook]