Colorado supermarket shooting suspect found not competent to stand trial by doctors

BOULDER, Colo. — The man accused of killing 10 people in a mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, in March was found “not competent to proceed” in a recent court-ordered doctors’ evaluation, multiple media outlets reported on Monday.

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Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 22, is facing 115 charges and sentence enhancers related to the deadly March 22 attack at the King Soopers grocery store, including 10 counts of first-degree murder, KKTV reported.

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According to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, however, the doctors’ evaluation will be taken under advisement but does not dictate if the trial will proceed, KUSA reported.

An Oct. 5 court filing indicated that the evaluating physicians determined that Alissa understands the charges against him, the potential sentence he faces and the roles of the judge, prosecutor and defense attorney, but his “limited” ability to “meaningfully converse with others” and “superficial responses to hypothetical legal situations indicate a passive approach to his defense and potential overreliance on his attorneys,” KKTV reported.

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office confirmed that a second evaluation and a court hearing on the first evaluation were requested, and the presiding judge granted the requests, KUSA reported.

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Should Alissa be determined incompetent by the court, he will undergo treatment intended to restore his ability to stand trial, KKTV reported.

A list of the shooting victims as they are named in the charging document is as follows:

  • Neven Stanisic, 23
  • Kevin Mahoney, 61
  • Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
  • Rikki Olds, 25
  • Denny Stong, 20
  • Lynn Murray, 62
  • Teri Leiker, 51
  • Jody Waters, 65
  • Suzanne Fountain, 59
  • Eric Talley, 51

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In addition to the first-degree murder charges, Alissa is also charged with 33 counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and 10 counts of using a prohibited large-capacity magazine during a crime, court documents stated.

According to KUSA, each first-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole, while each of the attempted murder charges carries a sentence of between 16 and 48 years.