Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, the Colorado Springs shooting suspect accused of killing five and wounding 17, has been ordered to be held in jail without bail
Aldrich whose next scheduled court appearance is on Dec. 6, is expected to face murder and hate-crime charges, however, the charges have yet to be filed
The suspect appeared in court on Wednesday via satellite link from El Paso County Jail, looking dazed, bruised and barely able to speak
Aldrich had been hospitalized with injuries until Tuesday after he was subdued and whipped with his own weapon by a US Army veteran with the help of another patron and a performer at Club Q
Appearing slumped over and bewildered while making his first court appearance from the El Paso County Jail sitting in between two lawyers on Wednesday, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, barely spoke when addressing the court.
Proceedings concluded with the Colorado Springs shooting suspect who is accused of killing five and wounding 17, being ordered to be held in jail without bail.
The suspect could be seen sporting a black eye and other injuries to the face from the confrontation and appeared heavily dazed.
The obvious trauma seen on the suspect’s face appears to have resulted from battering when he was taken down and subdued by a US Army veteran and a patron of the Club Q gay nightclub who rushed the suspect after the gunshots were fired.
The gay club shooter, whose estranged father has said identifies as non-binary, had been hospitalized until Tuesday.
The defendant’s lawyers were seen shaking their client as they strived getting him to stay attentive in the courtroom and answer the judge.
Many have questioned Aldrich’s non-binary identity, suggesting it might be a ploy to evade hate crime charges, regardless, the suspect will likely face a slew of murder and weapons charges for the brutal attack.
On Wednesday court meeting, Judge Charlotte Ankeny asked: ‘Could the defendant please state his name?”
Anderson Aldrich,’ they replied weakly, followed by another weak ‘Yes,’ when asked if he understood their rights in court.
The defendant remained relatively motionless throughout the quick, five-minute court hearing.
Aldrich’s next court date was set for December 6, pending the schedule of their lawyers and the judge.
The suspect is expected to face murder and hate-crime charges, however, the charges have yet to be filed.
The arrest record is currently sealed as defense attorneys have filed for the record to be released.
Just before midnight on November 19, Aldrich is thought to have opened fire in Club Q in Colorado Springs. They were eventually subdued by a the trio of US Army veteran Richard M. Fierro along with a patron Thomas Jane, and a drag performer.
The club’s owners say Aldrich arrived with ‘tremendous firepower’ – an AR-15 rifle, six magazines of ammo and a handgun. Patrons used the handgun Aldrich was carrying to beat them to the ground until police arrived.
The slain victims include Raymond Green Vance, 22, Daniel Aston, 28, Ashley Paugh, 35, Derrick Rump, 38, and Kelly Loving, 40.
One of the shooter’s neighbors, Xavier Kraus, 23, told the Daily Beast that Aldrich would regularly attend a gun range where ‘rapid fire’ was allowed, adding that sometimes he would visit the range in the company of his mother, Laura Voepel.
Kraus who said that when angry, Aldrich would use gay slurs and regularly used the word ‘f****t’, also revealed that Aldrich admitted to using heroin an addition to being addicted to opium.
During that interview, Kraus discussed the suspect’s use of gay slurs saying: ‘It didn’t come across as true hate like, ‘I’m gonna go kill these people.” Still the shooting is now being investigated as a hate crime.
A year and a half before the Colorado Springs shooting, Aldrich allegedly threatened their mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators talked them into surrendering.
The incident involved Aldrich fleeing to the home where his mother was renting a room. Then 21, Aldrich had been living nearby with their grandma, Pam Pullen, and her husband Jonathan, but went on the run after threatening to kill them.
His mother Laura is shown on Ring camera footage from that day welcoming her son into the house, lugging his suitcase inside her home. Once inside, Aldrich recorded himself in SWAT gear, broadcasting live on his mother’s Facebook account.
‘This is your boy, I’ve got the f*****g s**theads outside. F*****g s**theads got their f*****g rifles out. If they breach I’m [going to] blow it to holy hell. Come on in boys, let’s f*****g see it!’ he said in the video.
Despite that scare, there’s no public record that prosecutors moved forward with felony kidnapping and menacing charges against Aldrich, or that police or relatives tried to trigger Colorado’s ‘red flag’ law that would have allowed authorities to seize the weapons and ammo Aldrich’s mother says he had with him.
Gun control advocates say Aldrich’s June 2021 threat is an example of a red flag law ignored, with potentially deadly consequences.
The suspect’s original name is Nicholas Franklin Brink. He changed it to Anderson Lee Aldrich in 2016 in a petition signed by his mother, biological grandmother and step-grandfather.
In a court filing, Aldrich’s public defenders stated that their client is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, referring to the client as ‘Mx. Anderson Aldrich.’
According to the petition, which was signed when Aldrich still identified as male, the name change was meant ‘to protect himself and his future from any connections’ to their birth father, Aaron F. Brink, a porn star who goes by the name ‘Dick Delaware.’
Aaron Brink reportedly left Aldrich’s mother when Anderson was a baby, before taking up MMA and porn.
Brink has also appeared on camera on the reality shows Divorce Court and Intervention in 2009, when his fiancée tried to get him to stop using crystal meth, the New York Post reports.
Brink has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for serial battery against the Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, both before and after the birth of their son.
Brink, who has a career record in MMA, across UFC and other fighting competitions, of 29 wins and 27 losses, has said that he was encouraged into doing porn by a producer at a party and began starring in films in 2002. He returned to the adult industry in 2019 after a hiatus.