James M. Kelly, the 26-year-old suspect accused of the fatal shootings at the Beyond Wonderland music festival, has pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to The Seattle Times. Kelly, an active member of the U.S. military, is the prime suspect in the shootings that occurred at the festival’s campground, resulting in the deaths of two women and injuries to several others.
Kelly has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, and one count of first-degree domestic violence assault. He is currently being held without bail.
The victims of the shooting were identified as Brandy Escamilla, 29, and Josilyn Ruiz, 26, an engaged couple from Seattle. Among the injured were Kelly’s girlfriend, a festivalgoer, and two individuals who responded to the reports of gunfire.
During his arrest, Kelly reportedly told the police that he was hallucinating on mushrooms and believed that the world was coming to an end.
According to court documents, Kelly allegedly retrieved a handgun from his truck at the campgrounds, loaded it, and fired at the couple and a man who approached the area after hearing gunshots. He then allegedly shot his girlfriend, Lily Luksich, who had called 911, and fired at a law enforcement drone and a festival employee.
The Beyond Wonderland festival was scheduled to take place on June 17-18, but the second day was canceled following the shooting. The organizers expressed their gratitude to the local authorities for their swift response and extended their condolences to the affected individuals.
Kelly’s next hearing is set for July 25, and his trial is expected to begin in late August. If convicted, he could face life imprisonment.
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