One of the alleged STEM School shooters pleaded not guilty to 44 felony charges on Thursday — and his attorneys raised the possibility that mental illness may be part of his defense.
Erickson's attorneys told the court that they may bring the defendant’s mental health condition up at the trial. This triggers a psychiatric evaluation and may delay proceedings.
A “mental health condition” does not necessarily mean an insanity plea, his lawyer said.
During previous proceedings, including those for Erickson’s co-defendant Alec McKinney, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, Snapchat videos show the younger student forcing Erickson to drink alcohol and do cocaine hours before both entered the STEM school with several weapons.
Prosecutors, led by District Attorney George Brauchler, have not said whether they’ll seek the death penalty for Erickson. Brauchler has to figure it out in the next two months.
A 15-17 day trial is scheduled to start May 26. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys anticipate vetting up to 200 jurors.
Previous coverage of the STEM School shooting hearings:
- Alleged Juvenile STEM School Shooter Will Be Tried As An Adult
- Mothers Of STEM School Victims Take the Stand In Bid To Keep 16-Year-Old Alleged Shooter’s Case in Adult Court
- Mother of Alleged Teenage STEM School Shooter: Our Home Was Abusive, Neglectful
- Judge Rules That Alleged STEM Shooter Will Face All Charges, Including First-Degree Murder
- In A Packed Courtroom, Arguments Focus On The Intent Of One Accused STEM School Shooter
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Editor's Note: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this story said Devon Erickson faced 43 felony charges. It is 44.