Public defenders for Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspect in the Club Q mass shooting that left 5 dead and 17+ injured, say their client is nonbinary.
“Anderson Aldrich is non-binary. They use they/them pronouns, and for the purposes of all formal filings, will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich,” the lawyers wrote in court documents.
The alleged gunman facing possible hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub is nonbinary, the suspect's defense team says in court filings. https://t.co/Rtqp8oSJ6B
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 23, 2022
From the Associated Press:
The alleged gunman facing possible hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub is nonbinary, the suspect’s defense team says in court filings.
In several standard motions filed on behalf of Anderson Lee Aldrich on Tuesday, public defenders refer to the suspect as “Mx. Aldrich,” noting in footnotes that Aldrich, 22, is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
The motions deal with issues like unsealing documents and evidence gathering, not Aldrich’s identity and there was no elaboration about it.
The 22-year-old currently faces five murder charges and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury. Some folks have posited that claiming to be non-binary could be laying the groundwork for avoiding the bias/hate crimes charges.
The Daily Beast spoke to a neighbor of Aldrich’s who was friendly with them. The neighbor says Aldrich could sling the word “faggot” around quite freely.
All indications from people who knew the shooter were that he was violent and homophobic. The identification as nonbinary is almost certainly a troll.
— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) November 23, 2022
The report that he was non binary came from his lawyer, possibly as an alibi for any hate crime charge.
— Bill LaForce (@WilliamLaforce) November 23, 2022
Aldrich changed their name (originally Nicholas Franklin Brink) more than six years ago as a teenager, according to a legal petition in Texas. Court documents indicate Aldrich wanted protection from their father with a history of domestic violence against the suspect’s mother.
The court documents appear to indicate Aldrich identified as a male at the time of the name change request.