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Judge grants request to delay Letecia Stauch’s next hearing due to COVID-19 outbreak

Letecia Stauch mug shot, El Paso County Jail

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A district court judge has granted Letecia Stauch's request to delay an upcoming hearing and competency evaluation until December because of a COVId-19 outbreak at the El Paso County Jail.

The order was granted by Judge Gregory Werner and issued late Thursday. It says attorneys will need to reset an upcoming review hearing that was scheduled for Nov. 12. The new date will be set sometime after December 14.

Letecia Stauch is accused of murdering her 11-year-old stepson Gannon Stauch earlier in January. She was arrested in South Carolina in March prior to authorities later finding Gannon's body in Florida.

The state hospital found Stauch competent to stand trial in September but the judge granted her a second competency hearing. The latest motion from her attorneys was filed on Oct. 30 and asked the court to postpone her hearing.

The motion states that it's been difficult for Stauch to meet with a doctor due to a coronavirus outbreak at the jail. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that 693 inmates had tested positive for coronavirus within the last week.

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