Judge hears arguments on teen’s role in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

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CASTLE ROCK — One of the two Colorado teenagers charged in a school shooting in a Denver suburb is in court for a judge to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to go to trial.

A judge also is expected to hear arguments on whether 16-year-old Alec McKinney should be tried as an adult for the May 7 attack on STEM School Highlands Ranch that killed one student and injured eight others.

McKinney’s probable cause hearing is expected to last up to a week.

In September, a judge found that McKinney’s alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Devon Erickson, could be prosecuted on 44 charges that include murder and attempted murder.

Eighteen-year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed in the shooting after he and two other students rushed one of the shooters who opened fire in the classroom.

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