Denver, Colorado 2021-05-27 20:36:58 –
Devon Ericsson’s felony murder trial was held Thursday, killing one student and injuring eight in a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in 2019.
The defense lawyer instead painted a terrifying teenager in trouble. He was a co-defendant with schizophrenia for revenge on a fellow student who bullied him for being transgender. Easily deceived by a person’s plot.
Despite Ericsson’s allegations, he was forced to participate in the shooting by a young co-defendant, but District Attorney Chief George Browler said that the teenage boy had more than 15 minutes with fellow archer Alec McKinney. Spent away, where he didn’t warn adults about anything. He was coming.
“Two people came to this room with evil in their hearts,” Brawler said in an opening statement while the entrance to Classroom 107, where the shooting took place, was projected. The plan is both deadly and demonic. It’s unbelievable because it’s not conscientious. “
The prosecution said for the first time that Ericsson had killed his classmate Kendrick Castillo alone in a guitar case with a pistol he brought to school and shot them before they were disarmamented by the students.
Mr. Brawler said it would have been more likely to have been killed without Castillo and the other students to confront the two shooters. He said he was in the new DA to prosecute the Ericsson case. I remained on the staff.
“Thanks to Kendrick, this wasn’t much worse than it used to be,” Browler said.
According to prosecutors, Ericsson was planning to become the victim’s hero.
“Finally, Alec McKinney either commits suicide or the accused kills Alec and looks like a hero,” Browler said. “This was the story they created.”
20-year-old Ericsson faces 48 criminal charges, including two first-class felony murders in Castillo’s death. Ericsson, who was 18 at the time of the shooting in May 2019, faces life imprisonment with no possibility of parole if convicted.
18-year-old McKinney has been sentenced to life imprisonment and 38 years in prison since being convicted of 15 criminal charges, including first-class murder, in February. Since he was 16 at the time of the shooting, he will be subject to parole by law 40 years later.
Twelve juries and four substitutes were appointed Thursday from a pool of about 600 people in a process that began three days ago. The trial in the Douglas District Court will last four weeks before Judge Teresa Slade.
The first testimony of dozens of witnesses, from shooting student victims to doctors who examined Ericsson, will testify on Friday.
Defensive points against co-defendants
Defendant lawyer Julia Stansil said it was the dominant McKinney who used Ericsson during his most vulnerable times.
“This is a case of mental health, manipulation, and family life canceled at a critical time in Ericsson’s life,” said Stansil. “Serious substance abuse, sleep deprivation, and weight loss.”
She called McKinney a “murderous and schizophrenic sick child” and knew that “Devon was an idiot.” McKinney was a “puppeteer” and suicidal ideation rather than suicidal ideation. It is clear that he avoided suicidal ideation by admitting.
At a hearing in November 2019, witnesses deciding whether McKinney should be judged as an adult described McKinney as a clever and leader of a group of peers. He published his thoughts on murder on social media and found a partner in Ericsson. According to the lawyer, it was the partner who was involved in the bullying.
A school counselor interviewed on the day of the shooting said McKinney was a manipulative bully who preyed on vulnerable students.
Ericsson brought it to school, claiming that he accidentally fired a .45 caliber pistol only once after other students, including Castillo, tried to disarmament him. Said that he found four used casings that matched the weapon.
McKinney and Ericsson broke into the gun case at Ericsson’s house earlier that day, hiding three pistols and one rifle in a backpack and guitar case before going to school. They entered the school through an unsupervised entrance.
Ericsson went to a classroom on the ground floor where he was supposed to attend a class in English literature, but was sent to a school nurse because he complained of illness. According to Ericsson’s preliminary hearing testimony, 10 minutes after McKinney was waiting outside the door at the nurse station, Ericsson returned to the classroom and was placed in Castillo.
According to Brawler, Ericsson may have pressed the red panic button in the toilet at the nurse station or told an adult, but he didn’t. Stansil said Ericsson’s brain “did not understand it” and was crazy about how to stop the shooting.
In the classroom 107
When Ericsson stepped in, he sent McKinney a text message, “Go Now,” prosecutors say, proof that Ericsson wasn’t a passive participant, as he claims. He’s a pistol. I pulled out and told my classmates not to move.
Castillo quickly slammed him on the whiteboard, and two other students also struggled with Ericsson, one of whom repeatedly hit the alleged attacker’s face and tried to pry open his gun. Ericsson said he fired at Castillo before the two fought. Stansil said he accidentally fired after the fight, and it was McKinney who fired quietly from the other side of the room.
McKinney’s attempt to commit suicide was unsuccessful, Browner said, his gun broke down and he was arrested.
Kendrick’s father, John Castillo, was dissatisfied with not being able to directly see the jury selection process due to the COVID-19 limit on the number of people in court. He said Ericsson’s appearance in court was awkward.
“Of course he wore a suit,” Castillo said in a video posted on a Facebook page honoring his son. “He looks like a 12-year-old kid, wears a white shirt and cuts clean. It was great to show off someone and try to draw innocence … when I was caught … purple crazy hair, like a different person. “
Wearing a blue blazer and tie, Ericsson messed with the pen almost all Thursday, often staring at the ground.
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