16-year-old student charged as an adult in deadly school shooting

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2019

In a news conference Wednesday, District Attorney George Brauchler declined to confirm what charges and how many his office has leveled against Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, because of the judge's order.

"We love our community", Castillo said.

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.

Brauchler said he couldn't imagine a more hard situation than what Castillo's parents are going through. Neither Erickson nor McKinney spoke beyond quietly answering the judge with yes or no.

Almost 2,000 people turned out Wednesday for a memorial service to honor the Colorado teenager who was killed while charging one of the two gunmen who opened fire inside a high school and shot nine people just days before graduation. McKinney's attorney, Ara Ohanian, said he would seek to move McKinney's case back to juvenile court.

During a hearing for Erickson, Douglas County District Attorney George Brauchler said that the investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and requested, at the behest of investigators, that arrest affidavits and a probable cause statement in the case be suppressed from public view for two weeks.

The judge denied bond for both suspects.

McKinney was charged as an adult, prosecutors said.

The charges were listed in electronic court records.

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

Unlike his initial court appearance last week, 18-year-old Devon Erickson appeared more involved in Wednesday's proceedings.

Castillo, a robotics enthusiast and aspiring engineer, was remembered as a compassionate, bright young man during a memorial service on Wednesday at a church in Highlands Ranch.

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m.at the school, which teaches kindergarten through 12th grade and has more than 1,800 students. "But from the word go they have made it clear that our intention is to be here for every single hearing".

Brauchler did not explain why the security guard would face charges.

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.

This was the first time the Douglas County Sheriff's Office led a procession for a civilian.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press last week that the guard fired his weapon inside the school. They're going to get an ambulance and I'm going to go to the hospital.

Investigators are also probing whether a a private security guard at the school, Shamson Sundara, mistakenly fired at least one shot at a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy and whether he wounded a student. Jones said he was shot twice in the leg during the ordeal.

The shooting happened almost three weeks after the neighbouring town of Littleton marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School attack that killed 13 people.

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