Boulder shooting suspect makes first appearance in court, charged on 10 counts of murder

By: - March 25, 2021 9:07 am

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, appears before Boulder District Court Judge Thomas Mulvahill at the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder on March 25, 2021. Alissa is suspected of shooting and killing 10 people at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder on Monday, March 22. The Boulder County district attorney charged Alissa with 11 counts in connection to the shooting. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post, pool)

The man suspected of gunning down 10 people in Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder made a brief first appearance in District Court on Thursday morning, beginning what prosecutors say will likely be a lengthy criminal trial process.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the 21-year-old Arvada resident taken into custody after the massacre at a south Boulder King Soopers on Monday, has been formally charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the first degree. Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty told Judge Thomas Mulvahill that prosecutors are likely to seek additional charges “in the next couple weeks,” following the results of law enforcement’s investigation of the shooting.

Alissa, who is being held without bond, will appear again for a status hearing within the next 60 to 90 days, Mulvahill ordered. Public defenders appointed to represent Alissa in court requested that the status hearing be held before any subsequent trial proceedings to allow time for the defendant’s mental state to be assessed.

“We cannot do anything until we are able to fully assess Mr. Alissa’s mental illness,” defense attorney Kathryn Herold told the court. “We cannot begin to assess the nature and depth of Mr. Alissa’s mental illness until we have the discovery from the government.”

Future proceedings in the case will be heard by 20th Judicial District Chief Judge Ingrid Bakke, a former Boulder County prosecutor and private defense attorney who joined the court in 2011 and was named chief judge in 2017.

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Chase Woodruff
Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.