Alec McKinney, a 16-year-old charged with a fatal shooting in May inside STEM School Highlands Ranch will appear Thursday afternoon in Douglas County District Court for an arraignment.
McKinney faces 43 charges, including first-degree murder, in connection with the shooting that killed 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo and wounded eight others. Judge Jeffrey K. Holmes ruled in December that McKinney should be tried as an adult. The teen faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in prison and would be eligible for parole after 40 years.
During the arraignment, the judge will read the charges to McKinney, and McKinney will be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Arraignments are one of the court proceedings in Colorado where the media can request to use cameras in the courtroom. However, Holmes denied requests filed by The Denver Post, 9News and Fox31.
Devon Erickson, an 18-year-old also accused in the same shooting, is schedule for trial on May 26.