The News-Times

Market shooting suspect incompeten­t for trial


Experts have found a man charged with killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarke­t earlier this year is mentally incompeten­t to stand trial for now, attorneys said during a court hearing Friday.

Ahwad Al Aliwi Alissa, 22, is accused of opening fire at a busy King Soopers in Boulder in March — killing a police officer, shoppers and several store employees including an Olympic hopeful distance runner.

District Attorney Michael Dougherty said four doctors have now determined that Alissa isn’t mentally competent to participat­e in court proceeding­s. He requested that Alissa be sent to the state mental hospital.

Dougherty did not disclose why the experts determined that Alissa is not competent. Alissa’s defense attorney, Kathryn Herold, said Friday her client has a “serious” mental illness but did not provide more details

Judge Ingrid Bakke ruled after Dougherty revealed the result of the examinatio­n that Alissa was incompeten­t and ordered him to be sent to the mental hospital.

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