November 25, 2022

Colorado Nightclub Shooter Makes First Court Appearance, Held Without Bail

The suspect in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that killed five people and injured 18 others appeared in court by video on Wednesday.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was held without bail following the virtual appearance that included two lawyers.

"The attorneys had to prompt their client when El Paso County Court Judge Charlotte Ankeny asked Anderson to state their name and whether they understood their constitutional rights," Fox News reported.

"With visible injuries on the side of their face, Aldrich answered in slurred, hushed tones. The attorneys waived reading an advisement of the rights, charges, and penalties in the case," it added.

The appearance came after court filings on Tuesday that claimed Aldrich was nonbinary. The court paperwork also referred to Aldrich using they/them pronouns.

Aldrich faces six murder charges as well as other charges, including hate crimes. Formal charges have not yet been made.

"Anderson Lee Aldrich's father said in an interview Tuesday with the CBS affiliate KFMB in San Diego that he believed Aldrich had died by suicide several years ago and that only this year did he learn otherwise," NBC News reported.

"Aaron Brink told the news station that he had mourned the loss of his child and had gone through a meltdown," it added.

The growing details in the case, however, still do not explain why Aldrich conducted the shooting or whether a certain person was targeted.

The evidence continues to add more questions than answers as authorities seek to understand the story behind the shooting.

Source: Fox News

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