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Colorado Walmart shooting suspect makes first court appearance

From Reuters - November 3, 2017

BRIGHTON, Colo. (Reuters) - The Colorado man arrested for fatally shooting three people in a Walmart in suburban Denver made his initial court appearance on Friday.

Scott Ostrem, 47, was captured on Thursday, the day after he nonchalantly entered the Thornton, Colorado, Walmart and opened fire on shoppers and employees shortly after 6 p.m. MDT (midnight GMT), police said. Thornton is about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Denver.

Wearing a light blue jail jumpsuit and faded red flip flops, Ostrem, in handcuffs and shackles, said yes four times when Judge Ted Tow asked if he understood his rights during the 10-minute hearing at the Adams County District Court in Brighton, Colorado.

The judge ordered that Ostrem continue to be held without bond in the Adams County jail.

Formal filing of charges will be made at the next hearing on Monday. Adams County District Attorney Dave Young said multiple counts would be filed. He declined to discuss specifics of the case, but said he had met with victims families after the hearing.

They are all shattered and in shock, he said.

Tow denied a request by Ostrems attorney, public defender Emily Fleischmann, to have police again close off the Walmart store where the shooting occurred to prevent the destruction of evidence, saying he lacked the authority to order that.

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