Leticia Stauch stands charged with the crime of premeditated murder in the demise of her 11-year-old stepson, Gannon Stauch, on January 27, 2020.
The murder trial of Leticia Stauch resumed on Friday, with jurors listening to an interview between an FBI agent and the woman from Colorado. During this encounter, she was confronted with evidence that purportedly indicated her deeper knowledge regarding the disappearance of her 11-year-old stepson, contradicting her initial claims.
Jurors were presented with a comprehensive, five-hour recording of the interrogation of Stauch by FBI agent Jonathan Grusing. This session took place at the Myrtle Beach Police Department in South Carolina, shortly after her arrest on charges of murder on March 2, 2020, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Within the recorded interrogation, Grusing subtly suggested that Stauch might be withholding information. At one juncture, he divulged details of internet search data retrieved from her mobile device, which allegedly included phrases such as “I possess aversion towards my stepson” and “blood gushing from arterial bleed,” as per the outlet’s report.
Approximately two weeks later, on March 17, 2020, Gannon Stauch’s remains were discovered in Florida, as previously reported by PEOPLE. Presently, Stauch, aged 39, is undergoing trial in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she faces charges of first-degree murder in connection with Gannon’s untimely demise.
As detailed in the previously acquired arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE, Stauch reported Gannon missing on January 27, the same day prosecutors assert she committed the act of killing the young boy.
“The evidence retrieved from the domicile and Gannon’s bedroom provides support for the occurrence of a violent incident within the said room,” the affidavit reads. “The event resulted in the shedding of blood, including blood splatters on the walls, and substantial blood loss that stained the mattress, permeated the carpet and its underlying padding, ultimately leaving a mark on the concrete beneath his bed.”
Stauch has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, according to The Denver Post.
During the commencement of the trial earlier this month, District Attorney Michael Allen contended that Stauch stabbed Gannon 18 times, and subsequently shot him three times, as reported by The Gazette. Allen also expressed his intention to prove that she was of sound mind during the commission of the crime.
Stauch’s defense attorney, Will Cook, claimed that she suffered sexual abuse as a child, leading to the development of dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.
However, Allen rebuffed the defense’s assertion, stating, “The defendant took deliberate and calculated actions.” The Denver Post reported, “She made the conscious decision to conceal her heinous acts from the world,” Allen added.
As per the court records available online and obtained by PEOPLE, Gannon’s father, Eugene Albert Stauch, initiated divorce proceedings against Stauch in March 2020.