Two motions to place the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in contempt of court were filed. These were provided by the defence team of alleged shooter Anderson Aldrich.
11 News was the first to verify the legitimacy of documents that describe a previous case against Aldrich after they were released.
According to Aldrich’s attorneys, officials supplied the confidential records to KKTV: “It is evident that a member of law enforcement, and maybe courthouse employees, released sealed materials to the media.”
According to court records provided by Aldrich’s legal team, EPSO is the accountable agency and their client will not have a fair trial due to public disclosure of previously secret materials. The coverage of such papers by 11 News received national attention. The Associated Press released an item quoting KKTV many weeks after our initial report.
“The AP report does not allege the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office disclosed any of the 2021 documents to the local news source,” EPSO attorneys contend in a request to dismiss the contempt allegation.
In court today, they stated that there are no definite allegations and that other suspects exist.
Judge Robin Chittum concurred, saying Aldrich’s defence did not present enough evidence to establish differently. Judge Chittum went on to declare, “It is evident to the court that there has been contempt,” but warned the defence that the classified records might have been disclosed by any local agency.
The Source News: kktv.com