Judge: Teen To Stand Trial In STEM School Shooting

Nov 18, 2019

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A judge says prosecutors have enough evidence for a Colorado teenager to stand trial on dozens of charges in connection with a suburban Denver school shooting that killed a classmate.

Judge Jeffrey Holmes ruled Monday that 16-year-old Alec McKinney should stand trial on more than 40 charges, including murder, in the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

The Denver Post reports that his defense attorneys are seeking to have their client tried as a juvenile. A probable cause hearing started Monday and is expected to last up to a week.

In September, a judge found that McKinney’s alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Devon Erickson, could be prosecuted on 44 charges that include murder and attempted murder

Eighteen-year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed in the shooting after he and two other students rushed one of the shooters in a classroom.