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16-year-old charged as an adult in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

Jesse Paul
The Colorado Sun
District Attorney George Brauchler leaves the courtroom after a hearing for the suspects in the STEM Highlands Ranch School assault Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Castle Rock, Colo.
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

CASTLE ROCK- The 16-year-old suspect in the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Wednesday was charged as an adult, facing allegations of first-degree murder.

Alec McKinney’s attorneys immediately launched an effort to return the case to juvenile court, setting up a mini-trial for a judge to determine how to proceed.

That process, however, could take months to finalize.

Also on Wednesday prosecutors filed formal charges against McKinney’s alleged co-conspirator, 18-year-old Devon Erickson, though the exact number of counts and the details of the accusations were sealed by the judge. Court documents in the case, which likely outline how the alleged crimes were carried out, also have been sealed.

“There are times when it is appropriate to suppress information … for a period of time,” said Douglas County District Court Judge Theresa Slade.

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