Prosecutors get more time to file charges against suspects in STEM School shooting

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- The court appearances for two suspects accused of opening fire at STEM School Highlands Ranch were postponed on Friday.

The suspects were expected to hear the long list of charges they face in Tuesday's shooting that left one student dead and eight others wounded.

A court spokesman said prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to postpone the filing of charges related to the shooting until 10 a.m. Wednesday. District Judge Theresa Slade signed off on the delay.

The 18-year-old and 16-year-old were each expected to be formally charged with 30 counts each, including first-degree murder after deliberation.

A motion to continue the hearings until next week is under seal along with the entire file in both cases.

The delay gives prosecutors more time to decide if the 16-year-old will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult. Colorado law allows prosecutors to charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults without approval from a judge.

The two are alleged to have walked into the school and started shooting in two classrooms. No motive for the attack has been announced.

Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old senior who was killed during the shooting, and two classmates have been credited with helping stop the attack by charging one of the shooters.

An armed private security guard restrained the second shooter, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

A FOX31 investigation has learned the suspected shooters obtained at least two handguns by smashing a gun safe or gun cabinet in the home where the 18-year-old lived.

They then allegedly tried to set the home on fire.

Also Friday, moms from STEM School Highlands Ranch will collect gift cards and donations for teachers and first responders at Northridge Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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