COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (WMBF) – The stepmother of a missing 11-year-old boy with ties to Horry County made her first court appearance in Colorado.
Letecia Stauch, 36, is accused of killing Gannon Stauch. She made a video appearance last week, but on Wednesday she stood before a judge and where she was officially charged with first-degree murder of a child under 12 years old of a person in a position of trust, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased human body and tampering with evidence.
Gannon was born in the Loris area, but moved to Colorado a few years ago with his father. His mother and grandparents still live in Loris.
Gannon was first reported missing on Jan. 27 in Colorado. Letecia had told authorities that Gannon had gone to a friend’s house and never returned.
On Monday, March 2, Colorado authorities announced that Letecia was arrested in Myrtle Beach and would be charged with Gannon’s death. Gannon’s body still has not been found.
The story has garnered a lot of attention in the Colorado and Horry County communities.
Our news partner KKTV in Colorado Springs reported that the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office expected a big crowd for the court appearance.
People on social media voiced plans to arrive at the courthouse as early as 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and camp out for the court appearance which wasn’t until 4 p.m. Mountain time
During the court hearing on Wednesday, Letecia wore a lime green jail suit and handcuffs.
Gannon’s parents sat front row in the courtroom while prosecutors and defense discussed the large amounts of documents and evidence involved in this case. The judge stated at one point there were more than 100 search warrants in the case.
A status hearing was scheduled for April 14 so both sides could check back in on the status of the evidence in the case.