On 27 January 2020 evening, it was documented by ABC News that 11-year-old Gannon Stauch was reported missing from his home in Colorado Springs, by none other than his stepmother Letecia Stauch. Some two months later, Letecia was arrested and charged with his murder. Fast forward to April 2023, Letecia’s trial had begun and it was expected to last six to eight weeks. At this point, Letecia faced a total of 13 charges including first-degree murder, child abuse causing death, and tampering with evidence.
Lately, amid the trial in court, Letecia’s half-brother Dakota Lowry was also on the stand, testifying against his own sister. So, in this writing, let us tell you who he is.
Meet Dakota Lowry, Letecia Stauch’s Brother
On 25 April 2023, during Letecia Stauch’s trial, everyone in the court witnessed the weight of emotion from Gannon’s killing overtook Dakota Lowry as he testified against his half-sister.
Shortly after Gannon Stauch was reported missing in 2020, his Dakota saw Latecia lugging a heavy suitcase. At the time, he had no idea that the missing boy’s lifeless body was squeezed inside that very suitcase. Dakota even helped his sister move out of her Colorado home.
According to the arrest testimony, Letecia reported her stepson missing on January 27th, the day she is also believed to have killed the boy.
Dakota Lowry Testimony
So, on the day of his testimony, Dakota Lowry narrated how in the days after Gannon vanished, he and his mother, 59-year-old Debra S Locklear, helped Letecia move her belongings out of the Colorado home. Exactly on 1 February 2020, he said he was helping his sister transfer all of her things into a Budget van Letecia had rented when he noticed her struggling to carry one of her suitcases. Even without any clue, he said at the time something did not “feel right” about that worn, green suitcase, that seemed much heavier than the others. When he offered to help her carry it, he recalled her telling him that she did not need any help, adding that it was so heavy because it was full of softball stuff.
Dakota also testified that he did not remember seeing that suitcase when they helped her move out of the home on 30 January 2020.
Later, on 20 March 2020, when Gannon’s body was found inside a suitcase under a bridge near the hotel, Dakota confirmed that it was the same suitcase he had seen Letecia struggling to carry earlier in February.
Before Dakota would even begin to tell all of this in the court, Tuesday morning, he began sobbing and yelled out “Why Tecia?”. This prompted a brief break when the jury was escorted out of the courtroom to give him time to compose himself.
A day before, Dakota’s niece/Letecia’s daughter, Harley Hunt had taken the stand in the murder trial for her mother. She also testified against her.
Where Is Dakota Lowry Now?
Now, it seems Dakota Lowry is back to his normal life.
His sister on the other hand while behind the bar continued to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Meanwhile, her then-husband Al Stauch, father of deceased Gannonhusband, separated himself from her in March of 2020.
If you also need to know, as of 2023, Dakota had been residing in a city called Lumberton in Robeson County, North Carolina.
Dakota Lowry Age
Dakota J Lowry was born in 1997. So, he turned 26 years old in 2022.
Dakota Lowry Wife
Dakota Lowry has been married to Sonya Lynn Lowry (Hunt) since 2021. The wedding happened on the 2nd of October. The news of this was first shared on Facebook by Dakota’s sister Aimee Lowry, who later on also got married to Joseph W Glezen IV.
Dakota is clearly still married to Sonya.
According to her Facebook, Sonya has been working as a teaching assistant at the Public Schools of Robeson County as of 18 October 2021. While on her IG @itsme_slh, she quoted “Don’t judge.. create your own story 💎💋”.
Seen in the pictures are Dakota, his wife, and three kids. This was posted by Dakota’s sister Julz JuJu Locklear (real name Julie Ruby Lowry) on her Facebook wall on 16 May 2022. Next to it, she had written “My Brother & his beautiful Fam(ily)💚”.
Before this, in August 2022, Dakota took to her Facebook to gush that God has been good to her, Dakota, and their 3 children. “Good is actually an understatement! God has truly shown up in my life and is showing out”, she wrote.
What Occupation Does Dakota Lowry Hold?
At the time of this writing, it was not known what Dakota Lowry, who is reportedly a Republican, did for a living.
Is Dakota Lowry On Instagram And Facebook?
No. Dakota Lowry was not on either of these social media platforms as of April 2023.
When Is Dakota Lowry’s Birthday?
On 21 September 2022, Julz JuJu Locklear of Pembroke, North Carolina took to her social media to wish her brother Dakota Lowry a ‘happy birthday’. Then, she also revealed that the said day in 2004 was when their father was killed. So, since then, according to her, Dakota had not celebrated his bday the way he really should.
Dakota was indeed very fond of his father. He believes that he will forever carry on his name and his legacy.