The 22-year-old charged in the mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be held without bond after appearing in court on Wednesday.
Anderson Lee Aldrich appeared in court, via videoconference, for the first time since the attack that left five dead and more than a dozen wounded. And he answered some questions with a barely audible voice.
Aldrich, whose lawyers say he uses “they / them” pronouns, acknowledged that he had seen a video about his rights and said he had no questions. The accused person could be seen sitting on a chair, his head resting on his right shoulder, behind two defense attorneys.
Formal charges are expected to be filed at the next court hearing, set for Dec. 6, Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen said. Aldrich is expected to appear in person, he said, adding that the date is subject to change.
Preliminary charges include five counts of murder and five counts of a bias-motivated crime — elsewhere called a hate crime — causing bodily harm, according to the El Paso County Court online docket.