Colorado Springs shooting suspect makes first court appearance

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The alleged assailant appeared in court via video chat on Wednesday and was ordered to be held without bail.

The suspect in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in the United States that killed five people and injured 17 appeared in a court hearing on Wednesday with apparent facial injuries, trembling and in a wheelchair Fell over the edge.


The preliminary hearing, conducted by video link from the jail, was the public’s first look at Anderson Lee Aldrich since the shooting and beating of the suspect by club patrons late Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Defense attorneys with the Colorado State Public Defender said in court filings Tuesday that Aldrich identifies as non-binary.

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Aldrich, 22, had been at a hospital from Sunday morning until Tuesday, before being transferred to the El Paso County Jail in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During the hearing, the defendant was handcuffed and wore a prison uniform.

El Paso County Judge Charlotte Ankeny ordered that Aldrich be held without bail.

While officials did not provide details on injuries, the suspected assailant was beaten and pistol-whipped by Richard Fierro, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, in a successful attempt to stop the bloodshed at Club Q in Colorado’s second-largest city. . At least two others were involved in kicking and subduing the suspect.

When Judge Ankeny asked the defendant to name a name, Aldrich responded after a pause, barely intelligible. Aldrich also answered a pair of procedural questions with “yes” and “no”.

Defense lawyers declined to comment after the hearing.

Police initially charged Aldrich with first-degree murder and five counts of prejudicial crimes stemming from Saturday night’s slayings.

After the hearing, El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen said he expects to file formal criminal charges at the defendant’s next court hearing, which is set for Dec. 6.

Meanwhile, Allen said his office will continue to ask for Aldrich to be held without bail. He added that Aldrich’s non-binary identity will have no bearing on how he will prosecute the case, including whether or not Aldrich should be charged with hate crimes.

“I’m looking at evidence, evidence of what happened here. That’s what we look at when we make the filing decision,” Allen told reporters.

The prosecutor also said that Aldrich appeared physically capable of participating in the hearing, despite his injuries.

The dead included Kelly Loving, 40, Daniel Ashton, 28, Derrick Rump, 38, Ashley Pau, 34, and Raymond Green Vance, 22.

Colorado Springs shooting suspect makes first court appearance

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