Accused Colorado Club Shooter Makes First Court Appearance

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The suspect in the massacre at Colorado Springs’ LGBTQ club, Colorado made his first virtual courtroom appearance Wednesday.

Anderson Lee Aldrich’s mother, 22-year old Anderson Lee Aldrich posted a chilling Facebook post hours before her son opened fire on Club Q. It left five people dead and many others injured.

“My son is missing,”She wrote. “He took my phone and my debit card. We had plans and were so excited.”

She also noted that Aldrich had spoken to her. “Get ready to have the best night ever.”

Aldrich was in a chair while Aldrich appeared virtually before El Paso Court Judge Charlotte Ankeny. She ruled that Aldrich will remain held without bond.

In court filings released Tuesday, the Colorado state public defender stated that Aldrich was not bisexual. ABC News reported. Aldrich is being held at 10 “arrest only”Online court records show that five counts were filed for first-degree murder, and five others were filed for committing a bias motivated crime causing bodily harm.

After Wednesday’s hearing, Colorado’s Fourth Judicial district Attorney Michael Allen told reporters that the office of the district attorney expects to file formal charges against the accused by the next court date. Allen serves El Paso, Teller and other Colorado counties.

Authorities said that they may file additional charges beyond those originally included in the warrant. Police are investigating the shooting in hate crimes.

Aldrich was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 6th at 8:30 a.m., local time. Due to a scheduling conflict with defense, this appearance might change.

There have been over 605 mass shootings across the U.S. so far this year.

 

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