Defendant STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter Devon Erickson first uncovered the subject of killing someone a month before the attack, then spoke about the mass shooting, according to defendant Alec McKinney, which took place a few weeks ago.
When he was the first student since May 7, 2019, McKinney told a Douglas County court jury on Tuesday that one student was killed and eight people were injured in a shooting where he disliked students before Erickson came to a final decision. told how he played in three different ways. .
“It was narrowed down for Devon to dislike his classmates in that class,” McKinney, 18, said in a weak voice about how the first-floor class they shot was chosen. “It was the most ideal place because there were people he hated the most. They would be there at the same time.”
The two had their own list of students they didn’t like – all three – McKinney said, and a list of those who hoped others wouldn’t be harmed. The rest of the students said, “Whatever happens.”
In the most detailed and frequent explanation of how the two students planned to kill their co-worker McKinn in handcuffs, a red prison jumpsuit, and how his hair was curled to the side, including in conversations with Erickson, they walked calmly where they were. guns and how Erickson had planned to kill his classmates by lining up along the wall.
According to the plan, McKinney was to be charged with conspiracy because he testified: “I didn’t care what was said about me about my life and after I left.”
As a result, 18-year-old Erickson could have killed McKinney, but only “after we were free in that room.” No one will survive, ”McKinney said.
“The end of the plan was that after everyone died, he wanted to shoot me to make me look like he was trying to save everyone, and eventually he wanted to be a hero,” McKinney testified.
McKinney is serving a life sentence in February 2020, 38 years after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and more than a dozen other charges. Because he was a 16-year-old teenager at the time of the shooting, the law requires him to be paroled after 40 years.
But Erickson could face a suspended sentence if convicted of any charges of first-degree murder. He will also extend his prison term if he is convicted of more than 40 other serious crimes.
Prosecutors described Erickson as a determined and accountable partner, but defense attorneys said he was more easily manipulated by McKinney for more dominance and murder.
Police testified that the two went to Erickson’s home this morning to take drugs and broke Erickson’s father’s gun with a safe. They shook a pair of guns and a shotgun, ripped off the inside of Erickson’s mother’s car when it was in the garage, and then went to school.
Several students ran up to the shooters and Kendrick Castillo was shot dead. Prosecutors suspect Erickson killed his classmate.
McKinney was stopped when the school principal put the gun to his head.
Unlike the two youngsters, Erickson and McKinney became quick friends over the course of a few months, using drugs together and chatting frequently on social media. The couple was quick enough to share dark thoughts, including their desire to “get rid of killing someone,” McKinney said of Erickson.
McKinney, who had been in first contact with Erickson since the day the shooting took place, deliberately escaped their sight and was torn apart after telling him he had chosen to die that day.
“I didn’t really care about my life and what was said about me after I left, so it would have been easier if May 7 was the day I died,” McKinney said. “It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s to blame or not.”
A few weeks before the shooting, the two learned of the student shootings that were responsible for the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. Sol Pais, an 18-year-old Florida native who was involved in a shooting in Colombia, was shot dead in the Colorado mountains just three weeks before their shooting.
“After reviewing his public website, we thought it had something to do with what he was saying there,” McKinney said of Pais. “We were both connected to the feelings of these people. Separation from reality and we felt it; feeling lonely; frustrated with school and peers.”
McKinney took and removed medications in the months before he brought the gun to school, struggled with depression and gender identity concerns, watched his grades drop, and was hospitalized several times for self-harm.
He was a teenager who fell under the burden of a rude father and suffered from hallucinations, according to testimony in court that he will be tried as an adult.
McKinney is expected to resume his show on Wednesday.