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Club Q Suspect Anderson Aldrich Charged With 12 More Counts

(CNN) -- The suspected gunman accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last November is facing an additional 12 counts, raising the total to 317.Anderson Lee Aldrich appeared in court in person Friday, where Colorado's Fourth Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen announced the new charges, including four attempted murder charges and two hate crimes.Aldrich, 22, was initially charged in December with 305 counts, including charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault and bias-motivated crimes causing bodily injury.Aldrich -- whose attorneys say identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns -- faces up to life in prison without parole if convicted on the first-degree murder charges.The suspect allegedly entered Club Q late November 19 with an AR-style weapon and a handgun and opened fire, killing Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, and Derrick Rump. At least 19 others were injured, police have said, most of whom suffered gunshot wounds.The attack was halted by two patrons who took down and contained the suspect until police arrived at the club, which was seen as a safe space for the LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs.Ahead of an earlier hearing, Aldrich's attorneys said the suspect identified as nonbinary and would be addressed as Mx.
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Club Q Suspect Anderson Aldrich Charged With 12 More Counts
(CNN) -- The suspected gunman accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last November is facing an additional 12 counts, raising the total to 317.Anderson Lee Aldrich appeared in court in person Friday, where Colorado's Fourth Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen announced the new charges, including four attempted murder charges and two hate crimes.Aldrich, 22, was initially charged in December with 305 counts, including charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault and bias-motivated crimes causing bodily injury.Aldrich -- whose attorneys say identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns -- faces up to life in prison without parole if convicted on the first-degree murder charges.The suspect allegedly entered Club Q late November 19 with an AR-style weapon and a handgun and opened fire, killing Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, and Derrick Rump. At least 19 others were injured, police have said, most of whom suffered gunshot wounds.The attack was halted by two patrons who took down and contained the suspect until police arrived at the club, which was seen as a safe space for the LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs.Ahead of an earlier hearing, Aldrich's attorneys said the suspect identified as nonbinary and would be addressed as Mx.
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Arrests Made in Roofie-Robbery-Murder Spree at New York City Bars
Police have arrested two men in connection with a string of robberies and murders of men who were picked up at bars in NYC.Kenwood Allen, 33, and another unnamed man were arrested and charged with the drug-induced deaths of two men, although police said more charges are expected as their investigation continued.Police alleged the two men were part of a crew who drugged and then robbed unsuspecting men after they had left various Manhattan bars beginning in March of this year, according to a report in the New York Post.Allen was charged with the March 18 death of Nurbo Shera and the July 30 death of Ardijan Berisha. At least 24 other men have been drugged and robbed, and sometimes killed, under similar circumstances, and police have long suspected a crew was targeting inebriated bar-goers in the area.“They target their victims leaving bars, offering drugs in some cases, then either through force or when the victim passes out, they remove jewelry, money, high-end watches and phones from their victims,” James Essig, NYPD chief of detectives, said at a press briefing announcing the arrests.Allen was officially charged with two counts of second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree robbery, and two counts of second-degree assault.The unsolved murders of two gay men suspected of falling prey to the same crew made headlines last month when the mother of one of the victims, Linda Clary, accused Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg of dragging his feet in bringing the murderers of her son, John Umberger, to justice.“I can’t be quiet anymore.
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Jan. 6 Committee Refers Criminal Charges for Donald Trump
(CNN) -- The January 6 committee used its final public meeting Monday to summarize its 17-month investigation with a simple closing statement: All roads lead to Donald Trump.Members focused on how the former president's direct involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election makes him responsible for the violence that unfolded at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and unfit to hold future office.The committee laid out the case for both the public and the Justice Department that there's evidence to pursue criminal charges against Trump on multiple criminal statutes, including obstructing an official proceeding, defrauding the United States, making false statements and assisting or aiding an insurrection.The committee released an executive summary of its report on Monday, and it plans to release the full report on Wednesday, as well as transcripts of committee interviews.Here are takeaways from the committee's final public meeting:Committee refers Trump to DOJFor months, the committee went back-and-forth over whether it would refer Trump to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution.On Monday, the committee didn't equivocate.The committee referred Trump to DOJ on at least four criminal charges, while saying in its executive summary it had evidence of possible charges of conspiring to injure or impede an officer and seditious conspiracy.In practice, the referral is effectively a symbolic measure.
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Man Arrested For Making Terroristic Threats Against LGBTQ+ Community
A man in Nebraska has been arrested on charges of making terroristic threats against the LGBTQ+ community.Michael Nicewonder, 34, allegedly made a bomb threat against Lincoln LGBTQ+ bar Das Haus in December 2021 and threatened two gay Pride events in Lincoln and Kearney in May of this year, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.Police began investigating him this spring.Using the pseudonym "Michael Lewis," Nicewonder ran a Facebook account from which authorities seized more than 2170 pages of records, according to court records. After becoming aware of his communications, police began investigating Nicewonder in May. During their investigation, authorities swept the bar, looking for explosives, but they discovered none.Nicewonder, a twice-convicted sex offender, appears to have a grievance with the local LGBTQ+ community.The Journal Star reports that he had indicated that he was barred from going to Pride events and participating in a pageant at the bar because of his registration status."You have shunned away a man, a drag queen, from the community for being labeled as a sex offender," he allegedly wrote to the Kearney PFLAG chapter's Facebook account. Nicewonder was convicted of sex crimes involving children in Nebraska in 2013 and 2020, the state's sex offender registry shows. "I've been performing in drag since having this label," Nicewonder allegedly wrote on the Facebook page.
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Transgender Insurrectionist Found Guilty, Faces 50+ Years in Prison
Jessica Watkins, a transgender woman, was one of five Oath Keeper members convicted for their participation in the January 6 Insurrection that attempted to derail certifying the 2020 presidential election, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.Watkins and the other Oath Keepers were found guilty following an eight-week-long trial and three days of jury deliberations.The Oath Keepers are a far-right group with many members associated with militias and with former military or law enforcement backgrounds, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.Elmer Steward Rhodes, the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers, and Kelly Meggs, leader of the group’s Florida chapter, were both found guilty of sedition.Watkins, 40, was found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder, and conspiracy to prevent an officer from discharging duties. Kenneth Harrelson and Thomas Caldwell were convicted on related felony charges.“As this case shows, breaking the law in an attempt to undermine the functioning of American democracy will not be tolerated” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.  “The FBI will always uphold the rights of all citizens who peacefully engage in First Amendment protected activities, but we and our partners will continue to hold accountable those who engaged in illegal acts regarding the January 6, 2021, siege on the U.S. Capitol.”The group, including Watkins, had been planning to block the lawful transfer of presidential power, according to the DOJ.
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