UPDATE: Court unseals UCCS shooting affidavit

UPDATE: FRIDAY 2/23/2024 9:10 a.m.

(COLORADO SPRINGS) — During the first appearance hearing for Nicholas Jordan, the suspect arrested in connection to the double homicide that happened at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) on Friday, Feb. 16, the court heard arguments for motions related to the case, and whether the probable cause affidavit should be released.

On Monday, Feb. 19, Jordan was arrested on two counts of First Degree Murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Samuel Knopp and 26-year-old Celie Montgomery. CSPD had obtained an arrest warrant for Jordan on Friday, the day of the alleged shooting.

On Friday, Feb. 23 the judge ordered the release of the probable cause affidavit in the interest of transparency, and the hearing was temporarily put in recess while the defense discussed with Jordan about a possible preliminary hearing date.

After a brief recess, a preliminary hearing date was set for March 27 at 9 a.m. with a status conference on March 15 at 11 a.m. to assess if the defense was ready.

Bond Reduction motion

The defense argued for a reduction in Jordan’s $5 million bond saying that Jordan did not have the funds to post the bond. The defense mentioned that Jordan has no prior convictions and no history of being a flight risk. The defense requested Jordan’s bond be reduced to a Personal Recognizance bond or a bond that involves no money or property but the defendant’s signature as a promise to appear.

The prosecution argued against the reduction of the bond, citing Jordan’s lack of connections to the area, also that Jordan did not contact police for three days after the shooting, and that police found a handgun and loaded AK-47 assault rifle among his possessions. The prosecution also argued that the severity of the sentence that Jordan is facing is a factor of possible flight risk, Jordan is facing two life sentences with no parole if convicted of First Degree Murder.

“Anyone facing that sentence would be inclined to flee,” said the prosecution.

The judge said that he lacked more information about Jordan’s character, but mentioned the information brought to the court of a lack of connections to the area and agreed with the prosecution about the severity of the sentences Jordan is facing. The judge declined the motion to reduce the bond but agreed to reconsider the matter after the preliminary hearing.

FOX21 has received the arrest affidavit and is working on an article detailing that information.

ORIGINAL STORY: UCCS shooting suspect back in court Friday

THURSDAY 2/22/2024 11:08 a.m.

The suspect arrested in connection to a double homicide that happened Friday morning, Feb. 16 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), will be back in court on Friday, Feb. 23 for a first appearance hearing at 8:30 a.m.

Nicholas Jordan
Nicholas Jordan

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, during an advisement hearing, the judge increased 25-year-old Nicholas Jordan’s bond to $5 million cash-only, which will be readdressed when Jordan’s back in court. The Judge will also make a decision to release the probable cause affidavit during Friday’s hearing.

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CSPD obtained an arrest warrant for Jordan on Friday, Feb. 16 on two counts of First Degree Murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Samuel Knopp and 26-year-old Celie Montgomery. On Monday morning, Feb. 19, officers with the Tactical Enforcement Unit arrested Jordan without incident in Colorado Springs.

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According to Fox News, UCCS said Jordan was enrolled at the school at the time of the shooting, and according to CSPD, he was a roommate of one of the victims.

On Monday, CSPD also reiterated that this was an isolated incident between people who knew one another and was not a random attack on the university or any of its other students.

FOX21 News will be following Friday’s hearing and will update this article once we know more.

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