Hello and welcome to the details of Older of 2 Colorado teens charged in deadly shooting rampage pleads not guilty and now with the details
DENVER, Jan 3 — The older of two Colorado teens accused of a cocaine-fuelled shooting spree that killed one classmate and wounded eight others at a Denver-area charter school, pleaded not guilty yesterday to murder and attempted murder charges, prosecutors said.
Devon Erickson, 19, jailed without bond since the May 7 rampage, entered his plea in Douglas County District Court to all 44 felony counts against him, including conspiracy, weapons offenses and theft, a spokeswoman for District Attorney George Brauchler said in a statement.
Erickson’s lawyers also gave the court notice they will pursue a “mental health defence,” and the judge ruled the defendant must cooperate with any psychiatric examination ordered in the case, spokeswoman Vikki Migoya said in an email.
The judge ruled in September there was sufficient evidence for Erickson to stand trial in the attack.
Erickson is accused along with Alec McKinney, 16, of bursting into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School they attended in Highlands Ranch, south of Denver, and opening fire with guns they stole from Erickson's parents.
The pair were arrested after several fellow students tried to fight back, including 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who was killed. Eight students were wounded, one of them struck by errant gunfire from a private security guard.
Police say the two suspects had used an ax and crowbar to break into a safe containing the firearms they stole — — three pistols and a .22-calibre rifle — and consumed cocaine before storming the school.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Erickson later told police he “didn't want anyone to get shot” but the handgun he was carrying discharged when he was hit by the other students rushing him.
McKinney, who was born female but identifies as male, is alleged to have told investigators he was bullied at school for his transgender status and planned the attack out of revenge, enlisting Erickson to help him carry out the plot.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Erickson faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty should prosecutors seek capital punishment.
McKinney, although charged as an adult, would face a maximum punishment of 40 years in prison because he was a juvenile when the crime was committed.
The attack occurred less than a month after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in nearby Littleton, Colorado, where two students shot and killed 13 people before committing suicide. — Reuters
These were the details of the news Older of 2 Colorado teens charged in deadly shooting rampage pleads not guilty for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.
It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.