Colorado shooting suspect jailed without bail

The alleged perpetrator of a gay nightclub shooting in Colorado Springs that left five people dead faces possible hate crime charges and will remain in jail without bail, the court ruled in an initial hearing Wednesday.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, appeared on video from jail and was seen sitting hunched over with injuries to his face and head. Aldrich apparently should have been encouraged to respond by his lawyers when Judge Charlotte Ankeny asked for his name.

Aldrich was beaten by the same Q Club patrons after he started shooting. On Tuesday he was released from the hospital. The motive for the shooting was still being investigated, but authorities said the charges are possibly homicide and a hate crime.

Hate crime requires showing that the shooter was motivated by bias against the victims’ actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The charges filed are preliminary and prosecutors have yet to file formal charges. Aldrich’s defense attorney is attorney Joseph Archambault of the state public defender’s office. These lawyers do not make statements to the press.

Advocates said Tuesday that the suspect is gender non-binary. The documents presented by the defense refer to him as Mx. Aldrich, and claim that he is gender non-binary. The documents refer to matters such as evidence gathering and not to Aldrich’s gender identity.

Aldrich changed his name more than six years ago, as a teenager, after filing a legal petition in Texas to “protect” himself from a father with a criminal record of domestic violence against Aldrich’s mother.

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