US gay bar shooting suspect in court

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The suspect in a mass shooting that killed five people and injured 17 at a Colorado Springs LGBTQI nightclub appeared in court with visible injuries to his face, mumbling his name as he sprawled on his side in a Wheelchair.

The initial hearing, conducted via video link from jail, was the first public look at Anderson Lee Aldrich since the shooting and beating of the suspect by club patrons late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Attorneys for the state of Colorado’s public defender said in court documents Tuesday that Aldrich identifies as non-binary and prefers pronouns.

Aldrich, 22, had been hospitalized early Sunday morning until Tuesday, before being transferred to the El Paso County Jail in Colorado Springs.

The accused was handcuffed and wore a prison uniform during the hearing.

El Paso County Judge Charlotte Ankeny ordered Aldrich held without bond.

Although authorities did not detail the injuries, the alleged shooter was beaten and whipped with a pistol by Richard Fierro, a decorated Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, in a successful effort to stop further spills. of blood at Club Q.

At least two other people were also involved in kicking and restraining the suspect.

When Judge Ankeny asked the accused for a name, Aldrich, after a pause, delivered a barely intelligible answer.

Aldrich also answered a pair of “yes” and “no” procedural questions.

Defense attorneys declined to comment after the hearing.

Police initially arrested Aldrich on five counts of first-degree murder and felony bias stemming from Saturday night’s killings in Colorado’s second-largest city.

El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen said after the hearing that he plans to file formal criminal charges at the defendant’s next court hearing, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 6.

In the meantime, Allen said his office will continue to request that Aldrich be held without bond and that Aldrich’s non-binary identity will have no bearing on how he pursues the case, including whether he was to charge with hate crimes.

“I look at evidence, evidence of what happened here. That’s what we look at when making ranking decisions,” Allen told reporters.

The prosecutor also said Aldrich appeared physically fit to participate in the hearing, despite the injuries.

The five people who died are Kelly Loving, 40, Daniel Aston, 28, Derrick Rump, 38, Ashley Paugh, 34 and Raymond Green Vance, 22.

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