Ganon Stauf was shot with his chin and stabbed 18 times, detective reveals


Sheriff of El Paso County

Sheriff of El Paso County

Colorado Springs Boy Person who disappeared in January 2020 The body was found in a suitcase 1,400 miles away two months later, and his jaw was shot and stabbed at least 18 times before he died, the detective testified Thursday.

Eleven-year-old Gannon Stauch’s stepmother told police that he was the last person to see him alive and that the boy went missing after leaving home to meet a friend in the neighborhood. Two weeks before the body of his son-in-law was found under an elevated Florida, 38-year-old assistant teacher Leticia Stauf was arrested in 2016 when his “non-professional” license was suspended for the murder of Ganon.

During the preliminary hearing on Thursday, Sgt.Colorado Sheriff’s Office, Rosario Hubbell, El Paso County, testifies Letecia Stauch’s DNA was present in a 9mm pistol investigator found in the Stauch family’s home, and forensic examination revealed that a bullet stuck in Gannnon Stauch’s head was fired from the same gun.

Ganon Stauf’s stepmother lied to investigators about being raped by a kidnapper’s gun: Affidavit

Stauf’s lawyer, Joshua Trini, was in court and couldn’t ask for comment on Friday morning, his office told The Daily Beast. NS Accusation against Stauf This includes first-class murder, fatal child abuse, tampering with the dead body, and tampering with physical evidence.

according to An affidavit of arrest was filed a few days before she was arrestedLeticia Stauf called 911 shortly before 7 pm and said that Gannon hadn’t returned home from his friend’s house and didn’t see him when he passed by to check him. However, investigators said Leticia did not actually go out to look for the boy and could not provide the names of Ganon’s friends and his parents. After that, her story “changed dramatically over the next few days,” the affidavit said.

“Letecia has repeatedly lied to investigators for unexplained and unusual behavior, including getting a rental car, disconnecting her cell phone from her cell phone network for a long time, falsely reporting rape charges, and unusual travel patterns. We continue. An evolving story with significant changes in facts and circumstances, and since then we have left Colorado, “explains the Oath Statement.

According to the affidavit, investigators believe that Leticia Stauf killed Ganon in her bedroom around 2:15 pm on January 20, 2020. Ganon said he was home from school with nausea the day he disappeared, and Leticia also called with illness and added that she mistakenly told her boss that her stepfather had been hit by a car and killed. That afternoon, Leticia asked her 17-year-old daughter, Harley Hunt, from her previous marriage to pick up baking soda, a trash bag, and a carpet cleaner at a nearby dollar store.

“Physical evidence recovered from the interior of the dwelling and Gannon’s bedroom caused violent events in his bedroom, causing bleeding, such as blood splattering on the walls, and enough blood loss to stain the mattress. It confirms that it has soaked into the carpet and carpet pads. It stains the carpet under the bed, “says Afidabit.

The morning after Leticia reported Ganon’s disappearance, she drove a rented Kia car to pick up her husband, Arstauf, at Colorado Springs Airport. She told Al, who had left the town for a National Guard operation, that she rented a car because “she was worried about mileage on Tiguan’s Reese.” However, according to investigators, she only carried a total of 71 miles on Kia. Leticia then drove Tiguan to another county, where she was allegedly the first to dump Ganon’s body. Her phone was in airplane mode, and a board with Ganon’s blood was found nearby, according to court testimony on Thursday.

One investigator involved in the case testified that Leticia rented a van on February 1 and drove with Harley from Colorado to Pensacola, Florida. The two stayed at a hotel 3.3 miles away from where Ganon’s body was later found, and the van was seen within two miles of the scene. Hours after check-in, the two departed for Orlando and then for South Carolina. Leticia once lived in South Carolina.

According to the arrest affidavit, investigators analyzed Stauf’s online search history and found signs that she was unfortunately married and did not admit to being a stepmother. Stauf was arrested at Myrtle Beach on March 2, 2020. Since then, she has been detained in El Paso County Jail. Continue to maintain her innocence..

Stauf’s Defense team pointed out Thursday It suggested that the back door of the family’s house was opened about 10 times during the period when police believed that Gannon was killed, and that someone else could have entered the house to commit a crime. Her lawyer also said that Stauf had no history of child abuse and was described by those who knew her as a good stepmother.

“I don’t know, I don’t know” Babysitter Stephanie Cain told reporters before Stauf was arrested last year... “In my personal opinion, I don’t think so. I don’t think she’ll do that because she’s a friend.”

On September 23, Judge Gregory Werner of the Fourth Jurisdiction is set to determine if there is good reason for the case to proceed.

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