BOULDER, Colo. — A lawyer for the person charged with 10 counts of homicide after a mass capturing at a grocery retailer in Boulder, Colo., stated in courtroom on Thursday that the suspect has an unspecified psychological sickness.
Throughout a listening to that lasted solely about 5 minutes, prosecutors additionally vowed to file extra prices towards the suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, within the subsequent two weeks. Mr. Alissa will proceed to be held in jail with out bond.
Kathryn Herold, a public defender who’s amongst these assigned to signify Mr. Alissa, requested the choose to postpone the following courtroom date. “We cannot do anything until we are able to fully assess Mr. Alissa’s mental illness,” Ms. Herold stated on the listening to.
Choose Thomas Mulvahill stated that the events would subsequent meet in courtroom within the subsequent 60 to 90 days to debate the case.
Mr. Alissa was within the courtroom and spoke solely as soon as throughout the listening to, saying “yes” when the choose requested if he understood his rights.
One of many different attorneys representing Mr. Alissa on Thursday was Daniel King, a longtime public defender who represented the gunman who killed 12 individuals in an Aurora, Colo., movie show throughout a trial that hinged on the gunman’s psychological state.
Legislation enforcement officers have stated that Mr. Alissa, 21, was armed with what gave the impression to be a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun throughout the capturing on Monday, and was carrying an armored vest. Investigators stated he started the rampage within the parking zone of a King Soopers grocery retailer after which made his method inside.
In accordance with an arrest affidavit from a Boulder police officer, Mr. Alissa purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol, a short-barreled variant of an AR-15 carbine, simply six days earlier than the capturing.
He’s charged with killing 10 individuals, together with a police officer who was the primary to reply to the scene. In Colorado, the costs carry a penalty of life imprisonment with out parole.
Jack Healy reported from Boulder and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York. Will Wright contributed reporting from New York.