Colorado School Shooting Suspects Appear in Court to Face Murder, Other Charges

Lorie Jones makes a point while her son Joshua who was wounded while trying to stop a gunman involved in the attack on the STEM School Highlands Ranch last week and her husband David look on during a news conference

An outside prosecutor has been asked to consider whether an armed security guard credited with capturing one of the two suspects in last week's Colorado school shooting should face any charges.

Joshua Jones, an 18-year-old senior at STEM School Highlands Ranch, said he was watching The Princess Bride in his British literature class when a classmate pulled a gun and told everyone to stay still.

Devon Erickson, 18, accused of taking part in a deadly school shooting at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, appears at the Douglas County Courthouse where he faces murder and attempted murder charges, in Castle Rock, Colorado, U.S., May 15, 2019.

Both suspects are being held with no bond.

"It would have been easy for them to say, 'I'm not going to make it to court today because in less than two hours we're going to have a memorial service for our son, '" District Attorney George Brauchler said of Castillo's parents.

"But from the word go they have made it clear that our intention is to be here for every single hearing".

Devon Erickson, the accused STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter, appears at the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colo., on May 8, 2019. His attorneys' requested that he be unshackled during the hearing was denied. His face was visible, and he looked forward toward the judge while attorneys discussed the case.

Prosecutors have said they will decide whether to charge 16-year-old Alec McKinney as an adult alongside 18-year-old Devon Erickson.

Hundreds of Jeep lovers showed their support for Kendrick Castillo on Wednesday, by joining his procession down South Colorado Boulevard in Highlands Ranch.

They were students at the school. Erickson is charged with providing a handgun to a juvenile and McKinney is charged with possession of a handgun by a juvenile.

Witnesses said Erickson allegedly entered a classroom yelling, "Nobody move".

A photograph of student Kendrick Castillo stands amid a display of tributes outside the STEM School Highlands Ranch a week after the attack on the school that left Castillo dead and others injured in Highlands Ranch, Colo., on May 14, 2019.

The STEM school had no sworn police officer at the 1,850-student campus, after a dispute with the sheriff's office over the previous school resource officer's role ended that relationship a year ago, the school said last week. Bialy said he was able to take the attacker's weapon.

"When it actually happened, I had to make that decision that nobody should really ever have to make, which was run toward the gunman or run away from him".

McKinny was also arrested shortly after the gunfire erupted.

Castillo was killed, and Jones was shot twice in one leg but said he is recovering quickly.

Authorities have said these acts of bravery helped minimize the bloodshed from the attack, which also wounded eight students, all of whom have since been released from the hospital.

The Douglas County District Attorney office said on Wednesday it had turned over the investigation into the security guard's actions to a special prosecutor from neighboring El Paso County. Brauchler would not provide details on the investigation of the security guard.

More hearings for the suspects are scheduled for next month.



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