Daughter Of Woman Accused Of Murdering 11-Year-Old Gannon Stauch Testifies They She Was Unaware Boy’s Body In Van During Road Trip — ‘I’m Still In Shock’

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Apr. 19 2023, Published 2:37 p.m. ET

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The daughter of a Colorado murder suspect says she never knew her stepbrother's body was in a suitcase during a cross-country drive, according to authorities.

Letecia Stauch is on trial for the stabbing and shooting of Gannon Stauch. The body of the 11-year-old was left under a bridge in the Florida panhandle, Front Page Detectives previously reported.

Daughter Harley Hunt testified Monday that she never checked the back of a van her mother rented for a drive from Colorado to South Carolina in February 2020.

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"I’m still in shock,” Fox News quoted Hunt as saying. “I defended her for years.”

Hunt, who was 17 at the time, noted Stauch insisted on leaving air conditioning running in the van during the trip.

According to Inside Edition, Stauch told a different relative that the suitcase holding the body was full of softballs.

Stauch reported her stepson was missing in January 2020. Bridge inspectors found the boy's body in the Pensacola area two months later.

Father Albert Stauch was away at the time, training in the National Guard.

Hunt noted her mother hinted at suicide at one point, while the family lived in Alaska. But talk of a “last dinner” didn't go beyond words.

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Letiecia Stauch is using an insanity defense in her trial, which is in its third week in Colorado Springs. Defense attorneys claim a traumatic childhood left her with a “psychotic crack.”

Stauch has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and two tampering counts.

As Front Page Detectives has reported, prosecutors say the defendant stabbed Gannon Stauch 18 times before shooting him in the jaw.


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