EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Letecia Stauch, the Colorado Springs woman accused of murdering her 11-year-old stepson, plans to represent herself in court. The judge repeatedly tried to convince Stauch that it would be better if an attorney was responsible for her defense, but Stauch insisted that she could do it herself, according to our news partners at KKTV.
According to KKTV reporter Spenser Wilson, Stauch stated, “I want to represent myself” and “I know how it works.”
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District Attorney Michael Allen spoke to Wilson after the hearing.
“Letecia Stauch is representing herself in this case,” said Allen. “She will be assigned an advisor, which means she will have an attorney to help her with various things on the case, but you will not be her actual legal advisor.”
Allen said he had never seen anyone want to represent themselves in such a high profile case – and he wouldn’t recommend it.
“I would never advise anyone to represent themselves on any level because there are too many complications in the law and the judge emphasized this today, so to speak,” said Allen.
Stauch brushed off the judge’s concerns that she would not be able to work through all of the evidence prior to trial.
Gannon Stauch was reported missing on January 27th. Letecia Stauch called 911 to report that he had not returned after going to a friend’s house.
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Investigators believe he was killed in his bedroom.
According to the affidavit, there was “blood spatter on the walls and enough blood leak to stain his mattress, soak through the carpet, soak the carpet underlay, and stain the concrete under his bed.”
Two days after Letecia Stauch reported him missing, she changed her story. She alleged that a man named “Eguardo” raped her at gunpoint and then drove off with Gannon after he tried to stop the attack.
Gannon’s body was found in Florida on March 18. Prosecutors said the body was so badly decomposed that a medical examiner was unable to perform the autopsy.
Letecia Stauch is deliberately and deliberately charged with first degree murder.
Her next court appearance will be March 5th to decide how much evidence there is and how it can be brought about Compression so she can start representing herself.
Stauch’s preliminary hearing is slated to begin on March 11 and last for three days. At that hearing, prosecutors will produce evidence for the investigation to determine a likely cause. They will also ask that Stauch continue to be held untethered.