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Transgender teen charged in fatal school shooting will be tried as an adult


Added 12-04-19 07:10:03pm EST - “A transgender teenager who told police that he and a friend opened fire at a sub...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Transgender teen charged in fatal school shooting will be tried as an adult”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

DENVER (Reuters) - A transgender teenager who told police that he and a friend opened fire at a suburban Denver high school to exact revenge on classmates who bullied him should be tried on murder charges as an adult, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

Alec McKinney, 16, was ordered along with Devon Erickson, 19, to stand trial on first-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges in the May 7 shooting rampage at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in which one student was killed and eight others wounded.

Kendrick Castillo, 18, was shot to death when he ran toward one of the two assailants in what has been called a heroic effort to stop the shooting and save lives.

McKinney, who was born female but identifies as male, told police later that he was in a “pre-op transitioning phase” and was seeking revenge on students who picked on him for being transgender.

Defense attorneys sought to have the case moved to juvenile court, citing McKinney’s mental health issues and a troubled childhood that included witnessing domestic violence committed by his father against his mother.

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