Woman Charged With Killing Stepson Changes Plea

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A lady accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson has modified her plea to not responsible by purpose of madness and stated via attorneys she’s contemplating waiving her jury trial over equity considerations.

In a standing listening to Friday, District Choose Gregory Werner granted Letecia Stauch’s request to alter her not responsible plea within the demise of Gannon Stauch to not responsible by purpose of madness, The Gazette reported.

Protection legal professional Josh Tolini stated the request was made as a result of an skilled who had reviewed a few of the proof in Stauch’s case indicated a “excessive chance of psychosis,” which can qualify as an madness protection.

He added the request wasn’t made to delay the trial, however as a result of it was the very best protection for Stauch.

Prosecuting attorneys did not object to the plea change.

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Per Colorado legislation for madness pleas, the decide ordered Stauch to endure a sanity analysis on the Colorado Psychological Well being Institute at Pueblo, the place she’ll be held till it’s accomplished.

Tolini stated Stauch was additionally contemplating waiving the jury trial over considerations that attributable to her case’s “huge quantity of pre-trial publicity, she won’t be able to discover a truthful jury pool.”

Werner left that ruling to a later date, with prosecutors and protection attorneys agreeing they may make a greater willpower as they obtained additional data on Stauch’s psychological well being.

Werner saved the late March trial date in place with a evaluate listening to set for March 17.

Prosecutors in September introduced alleged proof linking Stauch to the January 2020 homicide, together with that investigators discovered Gannon’s blood on Stauch’s shoe, discovered her DNA on a gun linked to his demise and realized that she traveled to the Florida Panhandle shortly after he disappeared. The kid’s stays had been discovered there in March 2020, authorities stated.

Protection attorneys sought to create doubt that Stauch dedicated the homicide by suggesting another person may have entered the house across the time Gannon died, and sought to hyperlink house safety information with the unknown DNA on the gun investigators discovered.

Moreover first-degree homicide, Stauch is charged with little one abuse leading to demise, tampering with a deceased human physique and tampering with bodily proof.

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