Crime

Accused Thornton Walmart shooter Scott Ostrem to be held without bond

DENVER, Colo. - Scott Ostrem, the accused Thornton Walmart shooter made his first appearance in court Friday morning and was ordered to be held without bond.

Ostrem is accused of shooting and killing three people in a Walmart in Thornton on Wednesday night.

Ostrem is initially facing three charges of first-degree murder, but prosecutors indicated more charges could be coming.

“There’s going to be multiple counts in this case,” a state prosecutor said.

If he is formally charged with first-degree murder, Ostrem could face the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty.

Ostrem’s public defender said Walmart hasn't allowed her into the store and asked that the Littleton Police Department re-seize the crime scene so the defense can have an “independent evaluation.”

The judge denied the request, saying he didn’t have the authority to grant that request.

Police say Ostrem walked into the Walmart Wednesday night and opened fire with a handgun, randomly targeting people in the front of the store near the registers. He then exited the store, got into a car and fled the scene.

On Thursday, the coroner for Adams and Broomfield counties identified the three victims as 52-year-old Pamela Marques of Denver, 66-year-old Carlos Moreno of Thornton, and 26-year-old Victor Vasquez of Denver.

Prosecutors asked that an advisement be pushed back until Tuesday because of the possibility of more charges, but the judge denied that request.

Ostrem will be back in court on Monday where he is expected to be advised of his charges.


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