Anderson Lee Aldrich, the gunman accused of killing five people and injuring 25 more at a Colorado Springs gay club last month, is facing a staggering 305 charges.
Appearing in person at court Tuesday morning for the first time since being arrested, Aldrich, 22, sat alongside their public defender as the state prosecution presented their case.
In addition to charges for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, Aldrich faces a smattering of first- and second-degree assault charges and “many counts of bias-motivated crimes.”
Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, allegedly opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs on the night of Nov. 19. They continued shooting for six minutes, at which point they were tackled and beaten by patrons.
Five people were killed, including bartenders Daniel Davis Aston, 28, and Derrick Rump.
“I thought it was the music, so I kept dancing,” survivor Joshua Thurman told reporters of the horrifying scene. “Then I heard another set of shots and then me and a customer ran to the dressing room, got on the ground, locked the doors and called the police immediately.
“There were bodies on the ground, blood, broken glass, broken cups and outside it was worse,” he said.
Aldrich was arrested at the scene, and has been ordered held without bond.
The estranged child of MMA fighter-turned-porn actor Aaron Brink, Aldrich is also the maternal grandchild of Randy Voepel, an outgoing California GOP state assemblyman who made headlines when he compared the Jan. 6 riot to the American Revolution.
Both Aldrich and their mother, Laura Voepel, have a history of run-ins with the law. The day after the shooting, Voepel was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Voepel, 45, was allegedly warned “multiple times” at her home to “stop yelling” or she would be arrested for disorderly conduct, a summons cited by KDVR says.
A police officer said Voepel became combative and physically resisted when she was placed under arrest at about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 20. She was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, an “unclassified petty offense.”
Voepel also had previous run-ins with the law, including involving three outstanding warrants for her arrest in California.
Meanwhile, in court Tuesday, the state’s counsel warned that the case against Aldrich was “voluminous,” and that the prosecution may continue to amend charges in the coming weeks.
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