Judge Sends STEM School Shooting Case To Trial

Sep 26, 2019

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado judge says prosecutors have enough evidence to hold a trial for a teenager charged in a school shooting that killed one of his classmates in a Denver suburb.

Judge Theresa Slade on Wednesday ruled that 19-year-old Devon Erickson should stand trial on over 40 charges, including murder and attempted murder, in the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

Erickson's attorneys had argued that Erickson was pressured to participate by a classmate, 16-year-old Alec McKinney, who also faces murder and attempted murder charges.

Slade ruled after a two-day hearing on the evidence. A detective cast doubt on Erickson's lawyers assertions that their client was an unwilling participant in the attack that killed 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo and injured eight others.

Erickson and McKinney have not entered pleas to the charges.

McKinney's preliminary hearing is scheduled for November.