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Suspects in Colorado school shooting expected to face 48 charges, including first-degree murder

Posted: 9:15 AM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 13:24:25-04
Suspects in Colorado school shooting face 48 charges, including first-degree murder, court docs say

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Both suspects in the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado are expected to face 48 charges, including first-degree murder and attempted murder, according to court records.

Devon Erickson, 18, and Maya McKinney, 16, were both scheduled to appear in court Wednesday at 10 a.m. for their formal charges hearing. They were both students at the school.

The suspects are accused of opening fire in the Highlands Ranch high school around 2 p.m. on May 7. About a dozen students were injured and one 18-year-old, Kendrick Castillo, was killed after charging at one of the suspect shooters and disarming them. Castillo's friends have called him a hero.

All of the students who were injured in the shooting have been released from the hospital .

Erickson was formally charged with:

· One count of first-degree murder after deliberation
· One count of first-degree murder – extreme indifference
· One count of first-degree murder after deliberation
· Six counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation
· 25 counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation with extreme indifference
· One count of second-degree arson with damage totaling $100 or more
· One count of second-degree arson with damage totaling $100 or more
· One count of third-degree burglary
· One count of theft between $2500 and $5000
· One count of possession of a weapon on school grounds
· One count of criminal mischief between $1000 and $5000
· One count of criminal mischief $1000 and $5000
· One count of theft between $2500 and $5000
· One count of third-degree burglary
· One count of providing a handgun to a juvenile
· One count of interference with a school – impeding staff (misdemeanor)
· Reckless endangerment (misdemeanor)
· Violent crime causing death or serious bodily injury (sentence enhancer)
· Violent crime – used weapon (sentence enhancer)

He has a status hearing scheduled for June 7. He is continuing to be held without bond as of 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.

McKinney faces the following charges, which include 43 felonies, three misdemeanors and two sentence enhancers:

· One count of first-degree murder after deliberation
· One count of first-degree murder – extreme indifference
· One count of first-degree murder after deliberation
· Six counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation
· 25 counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation with extreme indifference
· One count of second-degree arson with damage totaling $100 or more
· One count of second-degree arson with damage totaling $100 or more
· One count of third-degree burglary
· One count of theft between $2500 and $5000
· One count of possession of a weapon on school grounds
· One count of criminal mischief between $1000 and $5000
· One count of criminal mischief $1000 and $5000
· One count of theft between $2500 and $5000
· One count of third-degree burglary
· One count of possession of a handgun by a juvenile (misdemeanor)
· One count of interference with a school – impeding staff (misdemeanor)
· Reckless endangerment (misdemeanor)
· Violent crime causing death or serious bodily injury (sentence enhancer)
· Violent crime – used weapon (sentence enhancer)

The only difference between the two suspects' charges are related to a firearm. Erickson is charged with providing a handgun to a juvenile and McKinney is charged with possession of a handgun by a juvenile.

The filing of charges for both suspects was originally planned for May 10, but was pushed to Wednesday.

Friends and family of Castillo will celebrate his life Wednesday morning at Cherry Hills Community Church.