Anderson Lee Aldrich, the gunman accused of killing five people and injuring 25 others at a Colorado Springs gay club last month, faces a staggering 305 charges.
Aldrich, 22, who appeared in court Tuesday morning for the first time since his arrest, sat next to his public defender as prosecutors presented their case.
In addition to first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges, Aldrich faces isolated first- and second-degree assault charges and “multiple counts of prejudice-motivated crimes.”
Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, allegedly opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs on the night of November 19. They continued firing for six minutes, after which they were attacked and beaten by guests.
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 series of shots and then I ran into the fitting room with a customer, got on the floor, locked the doors and immediately called the police.
“There were bodies on the ground, blood, broken glass, broken cups and it was worse outside,” he said.
Aldrich was arrested at the scene and held without bail.
Aldrich, the estranged child of MMA fighter-turned-porn star Aaron Brink, is also the maternal grandchild of Randy Voepel, an outgoing California GOP congressman who made headlines when he linked the January 6 riots to the American Revolution compared.
Both Aldrich and her mother, Laura Voepel, have a history of trouble with the law. The day after the shooting, Voepel was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Voepel, 45, was allegedly warned “several times” at her home to “stop screaming” or she would be arrested for disorderly conduct, according to a subpoena cited by KDVR.
A police officer said Voepel had become combative and physically fought back when she was arrested around 3:30 a.m. on November 20. She was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor and disorderly conduct, an “unclassified petty offence”.
Voepel also had previous run-ins with the law, including three outstanding warrants against her in California.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor warned in court on Tuesday that the case against Aldrich is “large” and that prosecutors may continue to amend the charges in the coming weeks.
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