Colorado Club Q shooting suspect appears in first virtual courtroom, held without bail

Suspect in deadly LGBTQ nightclub shooting colorado springsColorado, was detained without bail after making his first appearance in court on video Wednesday.

22 years old in a short video appearance from prison Anderson Lee Aldrich I saw him sitting in a chair, sandwiched between two defense attorneys.

When El Paso County Court Judge Charlotte Ankeny asked Anderson to state his name and whether he understood, the attorney had to prompt the client. constitutional rights.

With a visible scar on the side of his face, Aldrich replied in a slurred, quiet tone.

Ankeny has scheduled his next hearing with Judge Michael McHenry for December 6 at 8:30 am.

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The court appearance came after defense attorneys said late Tuesday: their client is non-binary Court filings referred to the suspect as “Mx. Aldrich.” The attorney’s footnote claims Aldrich uses his they/them pronouns.

Club Q

Investigators are working outside Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Tuesday. A gunman opened fire at his LGBTQ+ nightclub, killing five people and injuring 25, before it was subdued by patrons on Saturday.

The suspect was beaten into submission by patrons during Saturday night’s shooting, discharged from the hospital Tuesday.of Motivation for shooting While investigations are still underway, officials said Anderson has been charged with possible murder and hate crimes.

The charges against Aldrich are preliminary and prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges.

Late Wednesday, Colorado Springs police released a mugshot of the suspect, showing Anderson visibly beaten.

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Local and federal officials have refused to answer questions about why hate crime accusations are being considered. However, bias offenses are subject to probation.

He also said it was important to show the community that crimes based on bigotry will not be tolerated.

Colorado Springs Club Q

A woman and her daughter offer their condolences at a makeshift memorial service near Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday.

Aldrich was arrested last year after her mother reported that her child threatened her with homemade bombs and other weapons. At the time, officials said no explosives were found, but gun control advocates used Colorado’s “red flag” laws to force police to seize a weapon that Aldrich’s mother said her child had. I asked him why he didn’t.

Allen declined to answer questions related to the 2021 bomb threat after a court hearing Wednesday.


Authorities said Aldrich used a long rifle and was stopped by two club-goers, including Richard Fiero, who told reporters he snatched a handgun from Aldrich and beat them with it until police arrived. I fixed them with the help of another person.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.