Trial for STEM School shooting suspect delayed due to coronavirus

The trial of one of the teenagers suspected in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting has been postponed due to the coronavirus.

The trial of Devon Erickson was set to begin May 26, but is rescheduled to Sept. 28, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting the case. A motions hearing in the case scheduled for April 14 is postponed to August 17.

The postponement of the Erickson trial is one of several high-profile cases that have been pushed back due to courts limiting in-person hearings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A trial for a man charged with killing an Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputy began in March, but was later delayed until at least April 17.

Erickson’s co-defendant, Alec McKinney, pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in February in connection to the May 7 shooting. Eighteen-year-old Kendrick Castillo died in the shooting, and eight other teenagers were shot and injured in the school.

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Armed home invasion in Moose Jaw leads to attempted murder charge: police

A man who allegedly broke into a Moose Jaw home and then shot a person Friday has been arrested by Moose Jaw Police.

Police say at around 3 a.m., several people armed with weapons and a firearm, broke into a residence on Ninth Avenue Northeast. Police allege an assault took place, and the victim was shot in the lower body.

The man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The alleged shooter was arrested later in the day without incident. He makes his first court appearance Monday where he faces charges of attempted murder, break and enter, assault with a weapon and several firearm-related offences.

No names have been released at this time. Police continue to investigate.

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Accused Christchurch shooter changes plea to guilty: media reports

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The Australian man accused of the attacks on two New Zealand mosques last year entered a surprise guilty plea in a Christchurch court on Thursday to 51 charges of murder, local media reported.

Brenton Tarrant, who appeared by video link in a special High Court hearing, also admitted to 40 charges of attempted murder and one terrorism charge, broadcaster TVNZ reported.

Tarrant, 29, a suspected white supremacist, had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges and had been due to face a trial scheduled to start in June.

The court will now sentence him on all 92 charges, but did not provide a date for that sentencing. Tarrant was remanded in custody until another court appearance on May 1, TVNZ reported.

Due to a nationwide lockdown in place for the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday’s court hearing took place with minimal staff, lawyers and media present.

Calls and emails to the court by Reuters were not immediately returned.

The court placed a one-hour embargo on reporting the news in order to inform family members and victims about what had taken place before it was made public.

Tarrant has been in plice custody since the March 15 attack, where he used semi-automatic weapons to target Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, marking New Zealand’s worst peace time mass shooting.

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