Colorado Springs LGBTQ club ‘shooter’ barely able to speak in court


Anderson Lee Aldrich (middle) is accused of shooting five people dead and injuring more than a dozen at Club Q in Colorado Springs

Anderson Lee Aldrich (middle) is accused of shooting five people dead and injuring more than a dozen at Club Q in Colorado Springs (Picture: Reuters)

A gunman accused of shooting and killing five people at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs looked bruised and was barely able to speak in his first court appearance.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was slumped over and seemed bewildered in court via video conference on Wednesday.

Wearing a yellow sleeveless protective jail smock, Aldrich was barely audible answering a few questions.

‘Could the defendant please state his name?’ said Judge Charlotte Ankeny.

‘Anderson Aldrich,’ the suspect said weakly, hardly appearing awake and with his head resting on his right shoulder.

Aldrich’s answers to a few more questions from the judge could barely be made out. Public defenders Joseph Archambault and Michael Bowman stood alongside him.

Ankeny ordered him to be remain held without bail.

Aldrich was released from a hospital and booked into jail on Tuesday. He was treated for injuries he sustained when people at Club Q tried to disarm him, according to officials. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

Aldrich’s next court date has been set for December 6.

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