Suspect accused of entering Colorado gay nightclub wearing body armorKilling, with an AR-15-style rifle and injuring 17 others was charged by prosecutors on Tuesday with 305 criminal counts, including hate crimes and murder. 22, sat upright in a chair and appeared alert during the hearing.
In an earlier court appearance just days after the shooting, the defendant had bruises on his head and face and the defendant, according to court papers filed by his attorneyand uses the pronouns he/she had to prompt the lawyers to answer a judge’s questions.
Investigators said the defendant entered Club Q, a sanctuary for the LGBTQ community in the conservative city of Colorado Springs, just before midnight on November 19 and began shooting during a drag queen’s birthday celebration. killing stopped afterHe pinned the suspect to the ground, knocking the defendant into submission.
The defendant was held on hate crime charges, but prosecutors previously said they were not sure whether the count would stand because they needed to assess whether there was enough evidence to show it was motivated by a bias. It was a motivated crime.
District Attorney Michael Allen noted that the murder charges would carry the harshest penalties – the potential for life in prison – but added that it was important to show the community that the crime was motivated by bias if there was evidence to support the charge. are not tolerated.
Allen did not provide details of the charges at Tuesday’s hearing, but said they included “multiple counts of bias-motivated crimes.”
Judge Michael McHenry ordered the arrest warrant affidavits in the case quashed Wednesday over the objections of the defendant’s attorney, who said he was concerned about the defendant’s right to a fair trial because of the publicity surrounding the case.
Police arrested the accused from the club. He has not entered a plea or spoken about the events.
According to witnesses, the defendant first fired at people gathered at the club’s bar before spraying bullets on the dance floor during the attack, which came on the eve of the annual Day of Remembrance for transgender people lost in violence.
More than a year before the shooting, the defendant was arrested for making a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of approximately 10 homes. Authorities said at the time that the defendant threatened to harm his own family with homemade bombs, ammunition and multiple weapons.
The defendant was jailed on suspicion of felony and kidnapping, but the case was apparently later closed and it is unclear what happened to the charges. There is no public indication that a conviction occurred in this case.
Ring doorbell video obtained by the AP shows the defendant coming to his mother’s front door with a large black bag, saying that police were nearby and saying, “This is where I’m standing.” Yes. I died today.”