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University of Colorado hires two former U.S. attorneys to review shooting and recommend changes

DENVER (AP) — The University of Colorado, where a student is accused of killing his roommate and another person in a dormitory last month, has hired two former U.S. attorneys to examine what led to the shooting and recommend whether campus policies and procedures should be changed. .

John Suthers, who recently served as mayor of Colorado Springs, and Jason Dunn, were asked to lead the review prompted by the Feb. 16 shooting at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

A summary of key findings and recommendations will be released, and the university’s emergency management team can then work on any suggested changes, Chancellor Jennifer Sobanet said in an email sent to campus Thursday and released to The Associated Press Monday.

Nicholas Jordan, 25, is accused of murdering Samuel Knopp, 24, a music student, and his friend Celie Rain Montgomery, 26, a mother of two who loved singing. Authorities have not revealed a motive, but the shooting came about a month after Jordan allegedly threatened to kill Knopp amid an ongoing dispute over living conditions in their shared living space, according to the affidavit of Jordan’s arrest.

Another roommate told investigators that he and Knopp made several complaints about Jordan’s “cleanliness of the living space” and his use of marijuana and cigarettes. The death threat came after Knopp gathered trash in a bag and placed it outside Jordan’s bedroom door in the capsule-style dorm, which included a shared living room and individual bedrooms, the other said roommate.

“Mr. Jordan threatened Mr. Knopp and told him that he would ‘kill’ him and that there would be consequences if Mr. Jordan was asked to take out the trash again,” police said in the document .

The dispute in early January was reported to campus police and housing officials, but there is no indication in the document that university officials attempted to remove the suspect from the suite, despite multiple reports that conflicts, including threats.

The university declined to say whether it had taken any action in response to the issues, citing the ongoing criminal investigation and federal student privacy laws.

Jordan, a student who was studying accounting at the university, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Jordan has not yet been asked to plead guilty and his proceedings are currently on hold due to concerns about his mental health. Last week, a judge ordered that Jordan’s mental abilities be evaluated by a psychologist at the request of his lawyer.

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs has approximately 11,000 students. It was founded in 1965 and began as a division of the University of Colorado Boulder, the state’s flagship public college. It was recognized as an independent college in 1974.

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