CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (Reuters) – Two youngsters accused of fatally taking pictures a classmate and wounding eight others at a Denver-area highschool final week had been formally charged on Wednesday in a case that the presiding decide has put underneath seal.
Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, are accused of opening fireplace on fellow college students in two school rooms on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) constitution college in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on May 7. McKinney, who identifies as male, was listed on the court docket docket as Maya Elizabeth McKinney.
Douglas County District Judge Theresa Slade has put the fees together with your entire case file underneath seal, banning the general public from seeing it. But throughout Wednesday’s listening to in open court docket, it was disclosed that McKinney has been charged with first-degree homicide and is being tried as an grownup.
Both Erickson and McKinney, who’re being held with out bond, had been arrested on suspicion of a single rely of first-degree homicide and 29 counts of tried homicide instantly after the assault.
Denver’s ABC affiliate tv station has reported that the 2 pistols used within the assault had been stolen from the house of Erickson, whose mother and father had bought the weapons legally. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has declined to remark.
The pupil killed within the assault, Kendrick Castillo, is to be honored a memorial service on Wednesday at a Highlands Ranch church. The 18-year-old robotics fanatic and aspiring engineer was shot useless three days earlier than commencement when he and two different college students charged the shooters in an effort to disarm them, authorities stated.
The assault occurred lower than a month after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School bloodbath in close by Littleton, through which two college students shot 13 individuals to loss of life earlier than committing suicide.
Five months in the past, a college district official urged the STEM college’s director to research allegations of pupil bullying and violence by a mum or dad who feared they may result in the following “Columbine.” The director stated an investigation discovered no proof to help the allegations.
The STEM college had no sworn police officer on the 1,850-student campus, after a dispute with the sheriff’s workplace over the earlier college useful resource officer’s function ended that relationship final yr, the college stated final week.
Instead a personal safety firm was employed to patrol the kindergarten-through-high-school campus. An armed safety guard responded to final week’s taking pictures.
ABC News, citing an unnamed legislation enforcement official, reported final week that the safety guard could have mistakenly fired on sheriff’s deputies referred to as to the scene and wounded a pupil within the chaos.
The Douglas County District Attorney workplace stated on Wednesday it had turned over the investigation into the safety guard’s actions to a particular prosecutor from neighboring El Paso County. A spokeswoman for El Paso County District Attorney Dan May declined to remark.
Reporting by Keith Coffman; enhancing by Bill Tarrant and Leslie Adler