Shortly after 11-year-old Gannon Stauch was reported missing in 2020, her stepmother’s half-brother noticed her dragging a heavy suitcase as he helped her out of their Colorado home, he testified Tuesday.
According to prosecutors, Dakota Lowry was unaware at the time that the missing boy’s body was in that suitcase.
In the courtroom Tuesday, Lowry was on the stand to testify on behalf of her half-sister Letitia Storch, who has overcome the emotional weight of the boy’s slaying, accused of killing her stepson.
“Why Ticia?” she yelled at her half-sister through tears, according to the Gazette.
On January 27, 2020, prosecutors said Letcia stabbed Gannon 18 times before capturing Gannon in the bedroom of the Colorado home where they lived with her father, her then-husband Alstoch. farmers.
Letecia reported Gannon missing on January 27, the same day prosecutors claimed she killed the boy, according to previous arrest affidavits obtained by PEOPLE. On March 17, 2020, Gannon’s body was present 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 spoke about how he and his mother, Letcia, helped remove his belongings from their Colorado home in the days after Gannon went missing, The Gazette reported.
On February 1, 2020, Lowery said that he was helping Letecia transport her belongings to the financial system that rented the Letecia van when he saw that she was having trouble carrying a suitcase.
He said the battered green suitcase “felt inadequate” and came across as slightly heavier than the others, 9News reported.
He offered to help her move it, but she said she didn’t need help, adding that it was too heavy because it was full of “softball stuff,” 9News reported.
She also testified that she did not remember seeing the suitcase once she was helped out of the house on January 30, 2020, The Gazette reported.
Using tracking information from the van, an Avis Automotive Rental worker testified that between February 2 and 5, 2020, Letecia drove through Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, The Gazette reported. Maryland and Florida, finally returning to the van in Myrtle Seaside, South Carolina.