UPDATE — Judge Iuppa ordered Paige, 21, to stand trial on charges of murder and attempted murder. Paige pleaded not guilty to all counts. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 30.
A shooting that killed two men and wounded two others outside a Colorado Springs apartment complex in January may have stemmed from a quarrel over a woman, police testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing.
Alonzo Paige, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 24 shooting deaths of Marquise Bean, 20, and Andrew Encalade, 21, outside the Timberlane Apartments, 3985 E. Bijou St.
Paige — who goes by his nickname, BabyWiz — is also charged with the attempted murder of Jareem Vanterpool and Adam Encalade, who survived their wounds. Police say Adam Encalade – the brother of the slaying victim – will likely be confined to a wheelchair.
Fourth Judicial District Judge Barney Iuppa is expected to rule at the conclusion of Wednesday’s hearing whether evidence is strong enough to order Paige to trial. Paige faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Police testified the men were at a small gathering at a friend’s apartment at the Timberlane Apartments when Paige made a pass at Vanterpool’s girlfriend, leading to a heated argument inside.
That dispute fizzled, but Vanterpool and one of Paige’s friends got into a quarrel later in the evening and ultimately went outside, apparently to fight.
Witnesses said they heard shouting before Paige raised a pistol and fired off approximately 10 rounds – taking time to aim at each of the four men, who were apparently unarmed.
Defense attorney Phil Dubois, citing possible gang ties, said the shooting was in self-defense.
Paige and another man fled after the shooting. The fugitive turned himself over to police in March, ending a more than monthlong search.
Wednesday’s hearing stoked emotions among the victims’ relatives, who wept and in some cases got up and left as prosecutors displayed pictures of the crime scene – a nightmarish tableau of bodies, blood and spent pistol rounds.
Testimony will resume at 1:30 p.m.