Judge unseals alleged Club Q shooter’s 2021 arrest papers

Judge unseals alleged Club Q shooter’s 2021 arrest papers
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 9:25 AM MST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 12:27 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A judge has unsealed the record on a previous case involving the alleged Club Q gunman, Anderson Aldrich.

11 News obtained the papers prior to them being made available to the public. The papers allege Aldrich held family at gun point and threatened to commit mass bombings and shootings. The documents go on to say the judge granted an elevated bond based on, quote, “Anderson’s homicidal statements, actions, possessions of firearms and bomb-making materials. Judge McHenry is the official who signed the arrest documents and agreed to an elevated bond and set the bond at $1 million.”

More can be read here.

In court Thursday, Judge Robin Chittum unsealed the arrest papers. 11 News has learned she was the judge who oversaw the original 2021 case.

The defense requested the courtroom be closed to the public before the proceeding continued. Judge Chittum denied this motion and said quote “this is one of the strangest hearings,” citing the fact that sealed documents are legally not allowed to be spoken about or recognized.

The defense than began their argument.

The defense said the case should remain sealed and if released to the public Aldrich, “will lose any hope of a fair trail,” and that Aldrich’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to the information.

The judge responded by saying in this case she disagrees and that the public has the right to scrutinize law enforcement and other government agencies.

Judge Chittum went on to ask if the victims of Aldrich’s 2021 case were present. The suspects mother, Laura Voepel was there via Webex and spoke through a lawyer saying she did not want the documents released.

The defense said they have spoken to Aldrich’s grandparents and they did not want the documents released either.

Ultimately, Judge Chittum ruled the public’s right to know greatly outweighs Aldrich’s right to privacy.

The defense filed a motion to hold the sheriffs office in contempt citing previous media coverage of the documents while they were sealed.

The district attorney’s office is expected to hold a news conference around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. We will stream that coverage inside this article.This is a developing story; keep checking back for updates.