Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspect in the tragic Colorado nightclub shooting, is nonbinary and utilizes they/them pronouns, according to new court documents filed by their attorneys on Tuesday.
Tuesday night, public defenders Joseph Archambault and Michael Bowman submitted multiple papers that contained a footnote identifying their client.
The footnote adds that Anderson Aldrich is nonbinary, as published by the Denver Post. “They employ they/them pronouns, and they shall be addressed as Mx. Aldrich in all official papers.”
The footnote was placed with usual motions addressing problems such as unsealing papers and obtaining evidence.
Aldrich, who was released from the hospital and booked into the El Paso County jail on Tuesday, is due for an advisement hearing at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the El Paso County courtroom.
The purpose of arraignments is to inform defendants of potential charges and occasionally to handle bail petitions.
A state court representative told the Colorado Sun that the defendant will appear from jail.
On Saturday night, the shooting occurred during a drag performance at Club Q.
During the rampage, five individuals were killed and dozens more were injured.
Aldrich is anticipated to face five counts of murder and five counts of bias-motivated assault with bodily damage. It is unknown if federal charges for hate crimes will be prosecuted separately.
For a suspect to be charged with a hate crime, it must be established that he or she was motivated by bias, such as against the victims’ real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Aldrich’s estranged father was discovered to be an ex-con and former MMA fighter-turned-porn star on Tuesday, in a peculiar turn of events.
MMA Junkie said in a biography that Aaron Franklin Brink, 51, joined the mixed-martial-arts cage in the 1990s and racked up 21 victories throughout a 10-year fighting career, including stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).
The Denver Gazette said that Brink began performing in pornographic films at age 27 under the moniker Dick Delaware.
According to his IMDB biography, he appeared in the explicit films “White Boys Can Hump” in 2016 and “My MILF Boss 8” and “It’s Okay to Put It in My Ass” in 2014.
According to state and federal court records, the problematic father had a significant criminal past, including convictions for abuse against Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, both before and after the suspect was born.
Last year, Aldrich was detained after his mother said he threatened her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.
In an effort to “shield himself” from a father with a criminal record, the identity of the alleged shooter was altered more than six years ago, according to a civil petition filed in Texas.
Aldrich was known as Nicholas Franklin Brink until 2016, when their grandparents, who were their legal guardians at the time, presented a petition on his behalf.
“Minor seeks to shield himself and his future from any ties to his biological father and his criminal past. Father has not had touch with the youngster for several years, according to the petition.
The name change request was made months after Aldrich was supposedly the subject of online abuse.
Aldrich was arrested a year ago after his mother said he threatened her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.
The Associated Press received Ring doorbell footage showing Aldrich coming at their mother’s front door with a large black backpack on the day of the bomb threat.
Aldrich informs Voepel that cops are close and adds, “I’m standing here.” Today I die.”
Gun-control advocates have questioned why police did not use the state’s “red flag” regulations to collect the firearms the mother claimed her child possessed.