CO - Gannon Stauch, 11, Colorado Springs, 27 Jan 2020 MEDIA MAPS TIMELINE *NO DISCUSSION*

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    Paralegal pleads guilty to leaking document in Gannon Stauch murder case

    Dec 21, 2020

    An Adams County paralegal accused of leaking a sealed court document divulging details of the investigation into the killing of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch has pleaded guilty.

    Sherie Farstveet, 54, pleaded guilty Dec. 10 in Adams County Court to a single count of attempted official misconduct, court records show.

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    Adams County Judge Michael Andrew Cox ordered Farstveet to pay a $100 fine plus $199.50 in court costs and fees, records show.

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    Prosecutors dropped the original charge against her, first-degree official misconduct, in exchange for her guilty plea to the lesser count. The deal averted a trial scheduled for the same day. She had faced up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted of the original charge.
     


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    GANNON STAUCH: Letecia Stauch found competent to stand trial for murder of stepson, Gannon

    Jan 19, 2021

    A judge scheduled Stauch’s preliminary hearing for March 11-12.

    “We don’t intend to present the entirety of the case, but it will be enough to satisfy the probable cause requirements that the court needs to make,” Allen said, adding, “It will be a really good outline of the case but won’t necessarily cover every bit of evidence that we have in the case.”

    Additionally, Stauch’s attorney told the judge Tuesday Letecia wants to request a conflict hearing.

    “That’s really an issue between the defendant the defense attorneys and then the court to take up,” Allen said.

    The judge said Stauch will have to write him a letter to explain why there’s a conflict and why she would need new representation for her case before he considers taking action.

    Allen also says prosecution has not engaged in any plea deals and he does not intend to do so.

    “We’re going to present the best case we possibly can in this case and let the community decide once we get to a jury,” Allen said.
     
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    Stepmother accused in killing of Gannon Stauch to appear in court for closed-door hearing

    Feb 18, 2021

    Letecia Stauch, the woman accused of first-degree murder in the killing of her stepson, 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, heads into court Friday for what is likely to be a closed-door hearing about her request for new attorneys.

    Stauch, 38, is to appear at 2:30 p.m. before 4th Judicial District Chief Judge Will Bain. If Stauch requests new attorneys, as expected, the judge will close the courtroom to everyone except the defendant and her lawyers, Bain's clerk said — a standard measure because the hearings tend to delve into privileged communications between defendants and their attorneys.
     
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    Gannon Stauch murder: Stepmom Letecia Stauch to represent herself | 9news.com

    Feb 26, 2021

    Letecia Stauch requested that she be allowed to represent herself going forward during Friday's hearing. Judge Gregory Werner went through a number of possibilities that Stauch could face if she represents herself. Stauch said she understood and still wanted to move forward.

    "It might sound audacious, but I'm really good at poker, and you know that saying 'You got to know when to hold them and when to fold them'? I've got the winning hand...an ace in the hole," Stauch said.

    Stauch replied no when the judge asked her if she wanted to retain counsel, but with a different set of attorneys. Stauch said she has a constitutional right to represent herself.

    The nearly one-hour hearing ended with Werner granting Stauch her request. Werner ordered that the court would appoint advisory counsel to assist Stauch with certain aspects moving forward.

    A status hearing was scheduled for next Friday at 8:30 a.m.

    Stauch has another hearing scheduled for March 11 and 12. During this hearing, the prosecution will present evidence, and a judge will decide whether there is enough for the case for it to go to trial.
     
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    Feb 26, 2021

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Letecia Stauch will now represent herself in court in the case of her stepson, Gannon Stauch.

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    11 News was the only station in the courtroom, you can read the Tweet thread from Reporter Spencer Wilson below:

    https://twitter.com/Spencer_WNews?r...stauch-intends-to-represent-herself-in-court/

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    Judge Gregory Werner spent several minutes trying to explain the benefit of having an attorney, but Stauch continued to assert she had an “Ace in the hole” and that “two pieces of evidence would completely prove her innocence.”

    Eventually Judge Werner said it was his job to make sure she understood what she was getting herself into, and that while it wasn’t a wise decision, it is her constitutional right to represent herself.

    Stauch alleged her decision wasn’t because she thought her representation was doing a bad job, she called them “fine ladies,” but that the jail was mistreating her and blocking her from being able to see parts of the case she believes she has a right to.

    Her defense attorneys have been requested to withdraw from the case.

    In a news conference outside the courthouse after the meeting, when 11 News asked El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen if representing yourself in a case this big with no former legal experience would be a bad move, he simply added “I think you can draw that conclusion just as well as anybody can.”
     
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    Letecia Stauch to represent herself in murder trial - KRDO

    2/26/2021

    An Arguello advisement hearing was set for 11:30 a.m. Friday. Stauch appeared in court to hear advisement from Judge Gregory Werner about the possible consequences of a trial without defense attorneys.

    “I think I could do it on my own, sir,” #LeteciaStauch says to Judge Gregory Warner about representing herself. He is pressing her on her legal knowledge right now. She says she’s “well-educated” and can use the law library at the jail.

    — Sydnee Stelle (@SydneeStelle) February 26, 2021

    Stauch says she believes she can navigate the court proceedings on her own. She says it's her constitutional right. Judge Werner agreed, saying, "It is, it is."

    However, Judge Werner asked if Stauch knew how to select a jury, or submit a particular piece of evidence. Stauch said she didn't, but that she would learn by using the law library.

    Stauch said her main issues are that she doesn't have full access to discovery evidence and her lawyers while she's in jail, and she says she'd held to a different standard in the jail compared to other inmates.

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    Near the end of the hearing, Judge Werner asked if Stauch was ready to make a decision on representing herself today. Stauch then asked: if she waived her right to an evidentiary hearing, would prosecutors still be able to force the hearing? Judge Werner said that would need to be looked up for a clear answer, and prosecutors agreed. Ultimately, Werner told Stauch, "Bottom line is I can't give you an answer because I don't know."

    Stauch said she still wanted to represent herself.
     
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    https://www.koaa.com/news/gannon-st...tter-arguing-for-self-representation-released

    3/31/21

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The court handling the murder case of Letecia Stauch has unsealed a handwritten letter to the judge, asking that she be allowed to represent herself. Stauch is accused of killing her stepson Gannon, who was first reported missing in February 2020. His body was later found in Florida.

    In the letter unsealed by the court, Stauch argues her concerns of privacy, whether the attorneys can gather evidence, and states "I am not mentally well." She then went on to detail a history of receiving care for mental health issues.
     
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    Letter to a judge from a woman suspected of killing her own stepson in Colorado was unsealed on Wednesday

    3/31/21

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - We’re learning a little more about a woman’s stance on her previous defense team as she’s accused of killing her own stepson.

    The case for Letecia Stauch has gained national attention. She’s suspected of killing 11-year-old Gannon Stauch. Tragically, the remains of Gannon were found in Florida back in March of 2020. Gannon was reported missing from his Colorado home in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood in January of that same year.

    A judge recently granted Letecia the right to represent herself. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 20, a preliminary hearing.

    Letecia is facing a slew of charges in the case including first-degree murder.

    On Wednesday, a letter dated Feb. 21, 2021 from Letecia to the judge overseeing the case was unsealed and shared publicly. You can read the letter below: (see news link above)
     
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    Letecia Stauch’s letter to judge explains why she wants to represent herself

    3/31/21

    COLORADO SPRINGS — On Wednesday, the court handling the murder of Gannon Stauch has unsealed a handwritten letter from Letecia Stauch to the judge, asking that she be allowed to represent herself.

    Letecia Stauch is accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson Gannon, who she reported missing in late January of 2020. His remains were eventually found in Florida.

    Letecia Stauch is charged with:

    • Murder in the First Degree (Child Under Twelve – Position of Trust)
    • First-degree murder
    • Child Abuse Resulting in Death
    • Tampering with a Deceased Human Body
    • Tampering with Physical Evidence
    • Crime of violence (8 counts)
    In the letter unsealed by the court, Letecia expressed her concern about her defense attorneys. She said she had concerns about privacy, and their “lack of ability to gather evidence.” Her main points were that communication was broken beyond repair, inconsiderate of evidence, sharing information with family members, and overlooking statute and evidence. She claims she hasn’t seen any evidence in a year.

    <<< TO READ THE LETTER ADDRESSED TO JUDGE WERNER Download
     
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    'I am innocent': Letecia Stauch claims mental illness in newly released letter - KRDO

    3/31/21

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Letecia Stauch, the southern Colorado woman accused of murdering her 11-year-old stepson Gannon Stauch, is claiming she is "not mentally well" and is being held in jail wrongfully, despite clearing two mental competency evaluations.

    In a letter just obtained by KRDO, Stauch wrote to Judge Gregory Werner back in February of 2021 asking to represent herself because she believed her legal team at the time was "in cahoots" with the prosecution.

    Stauch said in the letter that she believes the doctor who performed one of her competency evaluations was "clearly an actress and friends with the D.A." She said she was diagnosed with a condition, which is redacted from the letter, back in 2016 and received treatment for it. She also claims a South Carolina school district let her medically resign from her position with the district due to "ongoing reality breaks".


    Stauch claims she tried to get her previous legal team to consider her medical records from South Carolina, and that she had to pay a "firm" to get access to those records.
     
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