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The Week Ahead: An accused killer ex-boyfriend, slain stepson, and ‘doomsday cult’ mom


Law&Crime Network will be covering the following trials this week. You can watch trials live on our website and YouTube page.

FL v Eric Robinson

Eric Robinson

Eric Robinson is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in 2017. Robinson allegedly beat Nicholis Wilcox to death then dumped his body in a Plantation, Florida, dumpster.

Isabella Tagliarini, Robinson’s ex-girlfriend, told investigators she heard him screaming “die” while he allegedly continuously hit Wilcox with a metal bar. Investigators said Robinson later wrapped Wilcox in a tarp, put the body in the back of his truck, forced Tagliarini into the truck, went to a courthouse for an appointment, then drove to the Everglades.

Nicholis Wilcox

Police believe Robinson wanted to dispose Wilcox’s body in the Everglades but he couldn’t find a good location — so he threw the body in a dumpster instead.

A mistrial was declared in Robinson’s first trial after his ex-fiancée testified about a previous restraining order. A new jury was chosen quickly and opening statements in his re-trial are expected to begin Monday, April 24.

CO v Letecia Stauch

Letecia Stauch

Letecia Stauch is accused of fatally attacking her stepson Gannon Stauch, 11, in his bedroom in January 2020, in El Paso County, Colorado. Authorities claimed to find blood on a mattress, walls, and floors, as well as in Stauch’s Volkswagen Tiguan SUV. Stauch allegedly claimed that a man named “Eguardo” raped her, and kidnapped Gannon. Investigators said she didn’t tell 911 about her account, and she didn’t want to look into collecting evidence against the alleged attacker.

Gannon’s remains were found stuffed inside a suitcase under a bridge in northwestern Florida in March 2020, about six weeks after Stauch took a trip there. An autopsy showed Gannon had been shot and stabbed, and he appeared to have defensive wounds on his hands.

Gannon Stauch

Stauch took off from Colorado and was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At one point, she acted as her own lawyer and in made unsubstantiated claims that a doctor who examined her was “clearly an actress” and her defense lawyers were in “cahoots” with the prosecution.

Stauch faces multiple charges including first-degree murder, child abuse, tampering with a deceased human body, and tampering with physical evidence.

ID v Lori Vallow Daybell

Lori Vallow appears in a mugshot

Lori Vallow Daybell

Lori Vallow Daybell and her fifth and current husband, Chad Daybell, are each accused of murder in the 2019 deaths of Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17. The children disappeared on different dates in September of that year. Vallow was initially arrested in Hawaii in February 2020 on charges of child desertion. The two defendants were indicted for the murder of Vallow’s children and Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, 49, in May 2021. The alleged killer couple’s cases were recently severed and will be tried separately.

Joshua "JJ" Vallow, and Tylee Ryan

J.J. Vallow, Tylee Ryan

Vallow has been dubbed as the “doomsday cult mom” as she allegedly thought she was a “godlike figure” responsible for aiding in the “apocalyptical end times.” Jury selection is expected to kick off Monday, April 3. Vallow faces the following charges in this trial: two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft by deception, two counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and grand theft.

*Note: Cameras are not allowed in the courtroom. Law&Crime Network posts each day’s full audio recording on YouTube.

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