• Weak mentally ill Colorado homosexual school shooter pressured into com

    From Bradley K. Sherman@21:1/5 to All on Fri Sep 27 14:03:17 2019
    XPost: alt.politics.guns, sac.general, alt.homosexual
    XPost: co.general

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. A Colorado teenager charged in a school
    shooting that killed one of his classmates was pressured into
    participating by a fellow student with a grudge who had recently
    befriended him, his lawyer said Tuesday.

    The claim came during a hearing to determine whether Devon
    Erickson, 19, will stand trial for the May 7 shooting at STEM
    School Highlands Ranch in suburban Denver.

    After co-defendant Alec McKinney, 16, insisted he was going to
    carry out the attack, Erickson went to the school nurse in a
    failed attempt to avoid it, but McKinney threatened to go ahead
    anyway and kill his friends and also threatened to hurt him,
    defense lawyer Julia Stancil said.

    Erickson sat next to his lawyers and watched closely as Douglas
    County Sheriff's Detective Brian Pereira testified at the start
    of the three-day hearing that revealed some new details
    surrounding the shooting.

    Erickson and McKinney are charged with murder and attempted
    murder in the shooting that killed Kendrick Castillo, 18, and
    injured eight others. They have not entered pleas to the charges.

    Authorities say the students entered a classroom through
    separate doors with guns taken from Erickson's house and opened
    fire with at least 29 people inside. A private security guard
    also injured one of the eight students when he fired at a
    sheriff's lieutenant in a hallway during the confusion,
    authorities said.

    Castillo was one of the students who rushed Erickson in the
    classroom, along with Joshua Jones and Brendan Bialy. Castillo's
    parents watched the proceedings from the front row of the
    courtroom packed with members of the school community.

    Erickson had said he surrendered his handgun after being tackled
    by the three students, according to previously released
    summaries of police interviews with the suspects.

    However, Pereira testified Tuesday that Bialy told investigators
    there was a struggle for the gun, and he was able to pry the
    weapon away from Erickson after punching him several times.
    Bialy also told investigators Erickson had pointed the gun at
    their heads.

    However, no other students reported that Erickson pointed the
    gun at anyone in particular. One student told investigators
    Castillo charged Erickson before he could finish warning people
    not to move and his gun went off as soon as he pushed Erickson
    into the wall, making it seem like the firing was an accident,
    Stancil pointed out.

    Pereira also said three spent bullet casings were found on the
    floor near Erickson, and one was found in his gun after an
    apparent malfunction. Erickson previously told police the impact
    of three students rushing him caused his gun to fire.

    Erickson also told investigators McKinney forced him to
    participate in the shooting by threatening him with a gun and an
    ax. But investigators did not find evidence corroborating that,
    according to Pereira.

    An October hearing has been scheduled for McKinney, who is
    charged as an adult. His attorneys have said they plan to ask a
    judge to move the case back to juvenile court.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/colorado-stem-school-shooter- pressured-attack-lawyer

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