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16:45  15 may  2019
16:45  15 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The two Colorado teenagers accused of opening fire with handguns at their Denver-area charter school this week, killing one classmate and wounding eight others, were If a juvenile is charged as an adult under Colorado law, the defense can still request that the case be transferred to juvenile court.

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Teens accused of deadly Colorado school shooting set to be charged© Reuters/POOL New FILE PHOTO: Devon Erickson, 18, accused of taking part in a deadly school shooting, appears at the Douglas County Courthouse where he faces murder and attempted murder charges, in Castle Rock, Colorado

DENVER (Reuters) - Two teenagers accused of fatally shooting a classmate and wounding eight others at a Denver-area high school last week are set to return to court on Wednesday for the formal filing of charges.

Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, who was listed on the court docket by the name Maya Elizabeth McKinney but who identifies as male, were both arrested on suspicion of a single count of first-degree murder and 29 counts of attempted murder immediately after the May 7 shooting spree.

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DENVER (Reuters) - The two Colorado teenagers accused of opening fire with handguns at their Denver-area charter school this week, killing one classmate and wounding eight others, were due to return to court on Friday for the formal filing of charges . Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The two Colorado teenagers accused of opening fire with handguns at their Denver-area charter school this week, killing one. If a juvenile is charged as an adult under Colorado law, the defence can still request that the case be transferred to juvenile court.

The pair is accused of opening fire on fellow students inside two classrooms at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) charter school in Highlands Ranch, about 25 miles south of Denver.

The two teens made their initial court appearances last week in separate hearings before Douglas County District Judge Theresa Slade, who ordered them both held without bond.

Denver’s ABC affiliate television station has reported that the two pistols used in the attack were stolen from the home of Erickson, whose parents had purchased the guns legally. Court documents relating to the case have been sealed. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has declined to comment.

District Attorney George Brauchler said last week that he would reveal at Wednesday’s proceeding whether he will charge McKinney as a juvenile or an adult.

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DENVER (Reuters) - The two Colorado teenagers accused of opening fire with handguns at their Denver-area charter school this week, killing one classmate and wounding eight others, were due to return to court on Friday for the formal filing of charges . Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16

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Slain student Kendrick Castillo is to be honored a memorial service on Wednesday at a Highlands Ranch church. The 18-year-old robotics enthusiast and aspiring engineer was shot dead as he and two other students charged at the shooters in an effort to disarm them.

Just three days shy of graduation, Castillo was pronounced dead at the scene, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told Reuters.

The attack occurred less than a month after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in nearby Littleton, in which two students shot 13 people to death before committing suicide.

Five months ago, a school district official urged the STEM school’s director to investigate allegations of student bullying and violence by a parent who feared they could lead to the next “Columbine.” The director said an investigation found no evidence to support the allegations.

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The two Colorado teenagers accused of opening fire with handguns at their Denver-area charter school this week, killing one classmate and wounding eight others, were due to return to court on Friday for the formal filing of charges . Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, who was listed on

Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, who was listed on the court docket by the name Maya Elizabeth McKinney but who identifies as male, were both arrested on suspicion of a single count of first-degree murder and 29 counts of attempted murder immediately after Tuesday's shooting .

The STEM school had no sworn police officer at the 1,850-student campus, after a dispute with the sheriff’s office over the previous school resource officer’s role ended that relationship last year, the school said last week.

Instead a private security company was hired to patrol the kindergarten-high school campus.  An armed security guard responded to last week’s shooting.

ABC News, citing an unnamed law enforcement official, reported last week that the security guard may have mistakenly fired on sheriff’s deputies called to the scene and wounded a student in the chaos.

The CBS News television affiliate in Denver reported that a special prosecutor from neighboring El Paso County is probing the actions of the security guard. A spokeswoman for El Paso County District Attorney Dan May declined to comment on the report.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; editing by Bill Tarrant and Leslie Adler)

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