Editor’s be aware: This story has been up-to-date to make clear the outcome of Thursday’s hearing.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — Letecia Stauch appeared in court Thursday immediately after the benefits of a condition psychological health and fitness evaluation to figure out her sanity ended up furnished to a judge. She is accused of murdering her stepson Gannon in 2020 and earlier this year pleaded not responsible by reason of insanity.
FOX31’s Nicole Fierro was in the courtroom Thursday as El Paso County Judge Gregory Werner confirmed the courtroom been given the experiences and that Stauch’s lawyer was challenging the effects and asking for a 2nd evaluation.
Stauch’s defense explained it would pay out for the next evaluation but would like to use the point out mental wellness facility as a place the place it will be done.
The choose stated he was unsure about the statute encompassing this ask for and set a court docket date for Sept. 15, at which stage he hopes to have much more clarity on its legality. He also advised the protection if a 2nd evaluation is undertaken, audio and video recordings need to be created and provided to the prosecution as anything she states in the evaluation can be utilised at trial.
The defense reported the psychiatrist it would like to use is from out of state but hopes to have success within 30 times of conducting the 2nd evaluation.
Involving now and Sept. 15, the choose also designs to exploration a statute that claims a demo date should be established instantly soon after a psychological wellness report is manufactured readily available.
1 of the factors the choose introduced this up is that there have already been extended delays in placing a trial date. To begin with, the psychological overall health analysis was meant to be available to the court docket ahead of a June 8 listening to. When it was not, it was pushed to July 28 and at that listening to the decide nonetheless did not have the report, creating another hold off.
Two yrs because Stauch was arrested, accused of Gannon’s murder
Stauch, 38, is accused of killing her stepson Gannon Stauch, who was claimed lacking on Jan. 27, 2020. A couple of months later on, Stauch was arrested for first-degree murder just before authorities uncovered Gannon’s overall body in Florida.
Stauch to begin with pleaded not guilty, but later changed her plea to not guilty by cause of insanity.
Police arrested her on March 2, 2020, in Myrtle Seaside, South Carolina. They located Gannon’s system in Rate, Florida, on March 18.
Considering the fact that March 2020, Stauch has been held in the El Paso County Jail. She faces around a dozen costs, together with initially-diploma murder. She has been awaiting demo on the scenario for far more than two a long time.
In September of 2020, state psychiatrists advised the court Stauch is proficient plenty of to stand demo but her attorneys questioned for a second opinion. Specifically a calendar year immediately after her stepson was reported lacking, Stauch was found skilled to stand demo.
In Sept 2021, Werner established that there is enough evidence towards Stauch to continue with a demo.
Stauch initially pleaded not guilty in November 2021. Correct after, her lawyer said it is very likely they are going to introduce proof about Stauch’s psychological problem just after the disappearance of Gannon, but it wasn’t an madness plea.
In February this 12 months, Stauch changed her plea to not guilty by purpose of madness, and her defense legal professionals submitted a motion to waive a jury trial.
When Stauch changed her plea again in February, it demanded the condition to perform a different psychological wellbeing evaluation. Werner claimed he would not make a ruling on that motion to waive the jury trial without having a report on her psychological standing.
Due to the fact a 3rd evaluation was purchased, there have been a number of delays in acquiring a report from the condition medical practitioners to the courtroom.
In April, Werner stated physicians from the point out clinic desired more data that Stauch told them about, data that have been in South Carolina where she employed to reside. Her protection legal professional had to fly there to get them, and the authentic approach was to have the report finished by the end of Could.
The outcomes of Stauch’s point out mental evaluation were being scheduled for release on June 9, even so, the court docket explained it experienced not obtained any reviews and was not able to transfer ahead till it did. As a consequence, Stauch’s circumstance was postponed until finally July 28, with the likelihood of a demo getting set for following yr.
On July 28, Werner explained that the court docket however did not have the reports and he was heading to hold out till the courtroom bodily has them to established one more position hearing.
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