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Criminal defense lawyer explains challenges in school shooting case

Criminal defense lawyer explains challenges in Stem School shooting case

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The case against two high school students who opened fire inside the Stem School is just beginning.

The first suspect, Devon Erickson, held his head up and revealed his face to the crowd during a hearing Wednesday, a week after the shooting.

The other suspect, 16-year-old Alec McKinney, didn't have cameras in the courtroom for his appearance, but District Attorney George Brauchler is pushing to try him as an adult.

He explained, "If you are 16 years old, and you are accused of a first or second-class felony, and first-degree murder is a first class felony, you are eligible to direct filed."

Criminal defense lawyer Jeremy Loew explains that even though we don't know who pulled the trigger, killing 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, both suspects could end up with hefty jail sentences if they're found guilty.
"If you were involved in that crime and somebody died, you can be convicted of felony murder, which is essentially murder in the first degree," Loew said. "You start talking about the evidence and the consequences and what they're facing as a result of the actions they have taken."

The reality is both these suspects were students and trying to explain the consequences they face isn't easy either.

It's still unclear what happened inside the school and who is ultimately responsible for the plan behind the shooting.

McKinney's defense has requested a reverse transfer hearing, hoping to take his case back to juvenile court.

Brauchler said documents giving the public a better idea of what happened during the shooting will be released when both suspects are back in court next month.

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