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Psychiatric Report Says Stepmother Accused Of Murder Was In ‘Psychotic State’ When Colorado Boy Gannon Stauch Died

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Source: El Paso County Sheriff's Office

Mar. 23 2023, Published 3:39 p.m. ET

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The El Paso County District Court announced the final sanity report for the woman accused of murdering her 11-year-old stepson in Colorado has been released.

As Front Page Detectives previously reported, Gannon Stauch was allegedly stabbed, shot and beaten by his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, 39, inside his family home in El Paso County in January 2020 although he was initially reported as missing.

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Months later, his body was found inside a suitcase under a bridge in Pace, Florida, and Letecia was arrested and charged with his murder.

There have been many delays in the trial, but the defense requested a sanity report be completed on Letecia. The findings were released this week in court. Dr. Dorothy Lewis stated Stauch was in a “psychotic state” around the time Gannon died.

Previous sanity reports conducted at the Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo found Stauch to be sane, officials said.

Meanwhile, jury selection has begun for the trial and officials said they would like to obtain 16 jurors for the upcoming trial.

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According to KXRM, District Attorney Michael Allen asked for six weeks of trial, but he added that the proceedings could potentially take months.

Opening statements are scheduled to start no later than April 3.

Letecia has been charged with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased human body and tampering with physical evidence, authorities said.


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