Shortly after 11-year-old Gannon Stauch was reported missing in 2020, his stepmother’s half-brother saw her dragging a heavy suitcase while helping her move out of their Colorado home, he testified Tuesday.
According to prosecutors, Dakota Lowry did not know at the time that the body of the missing boy was in that suitcase.
In court on Tuesday, Lowry was on the stand to testify on behalf of his half-sister Letitia Storch, who overcame the emotional weight of the child’s murder, accused of killing her stepson.
“Why Ticia?” he yelled at his half-sister through tears, according to the Gazette.
On Jan. 27, 2020, prosecutors said Letcia stabbed Gannon 18 times before shooting Gannon in the bedroom of the Colorado home where they lived with his father, her then-husband Alstoch. farmers.
Letecia reported Gannon missing on Jan. 27, the same day prosecutors claimed she killed the boy, according to earlier arrest affidavits obtained by PEOPLE. On March 17, 2020, Gannon’s body was found in a green suitcase in Florida, and Leticia was charged with first-degree murder.
Leticia has pleaded not guilty to insanity, according to the Denver Post.
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On Tuesday, Lowry opened up about how he and his mother, Letcia, helped move their belongings out of their Colorado home in the days after Gannon went missing, The Gazette reported.
On February 1, 2020, Lowery said he was helping Letecia transport her belongings into the economy van Letecia rented when he noticed she was having trouble carrying a suitcase.
He said the battered green suitcase “felt wrong” and appeared to be significantly heavier than the others, 9News reported.
He offered to help her move it, but she said she didn’t need help, adding it was too heavy because it was full of “softball stuff”, 9News reported.
He also testified that he did not recall seeing the suitcase when they helped her move out of the house on Jan. 30, 2020, the Gazette reported.
Using tracking data from the van, an Avis Car Rental employee testified that between Feb. 2 and Feb. 5, 2020, Letecia drove through Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, The Gazette reported. Maryland and Florida, finally returning to the van in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.