(COLORADO SPRINGS) — The 4th Judicial District Attorney, Michael Allen, provided comments about further court procedures after the first virtual advisement for the alleged Club Q shooter on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

The DA spoke in front of the El Paso County Combined Courts located at 270 S. Tejon St.

“He was advised of his rights, constitutional rights. He acknowledged those rights. He is being held without bond pending further proceedings. We have requested a proof evident presumption great hearing which means that we will continue to try to hold him without bond going forward,” Allen said of the suspect.

The DA announced the next court appearance for the alleged shooter to be on Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m. though that date could change if there are scheduling conflicts with the defense council’s schedule. If that date is changed, Allen made it clear that it would be communicated to the public.

Allen stated, “One thing that I want to make sure that we all understand though is that anytime any person is charged with a crime, they are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That exists for this defendant as well.”

First hearing Club Q Shooting Presser
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The DA refused to answer questions about any information not mentioned inside the courtroom including the investigation, possible motive, or developments. Allen did say that formal charges would be filed at the next court date.

Allen made clear that the suspect identifying as non-binary would not change the way the case would be handled. “I’m looking at evidence, evidence of what occurred here. That’s what we look at when we make filing decisions,” Allen said.

Regarding the concerns of the suspected connection to the Lorson Ranch bomb threat case from 2021, the DA made clear that he could not discuss that.

“I can’t specifically talk about what you’re asking about [the previous alleged bomb threat case] because of sealing statutes in the state of Colorado,” the DA said when pushed about prosecuting the previous alleged threat.

The Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were also recognized and thanked for their involvement in the case.

Allen had a final message for the victims and families going into the Thanksgiving holiday, “I want them to know that we are going to be the voice for the victims in the courtroom and that we will be fighting alongside them throughout this entire process.”