The Boulder County District Attorney’s office announced on Wednesday that state evaluators have deemed Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa mentally competent to stand trial for the mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers. Alissa, 24, is accused of killing 10 people in the attack that took place on March 22, 2021. The victims of the shooting were identified as Denny Stong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Tralona Bartkowiak, Teri Leiker, Eric Talley, Suzanne Fountain, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, and Jody Waters.
Previously, Alissa had been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, leading to his undergoing treatment. However, state evaluators have now determined that he is competent to proceed with the criminal case. The Boulder County District Attorney’s office has filed a motion with the court to schedule a preliminary hearing.
It is important to note that competency refers to a defendant’s current mental capacity and is distinct from an insanity defense, which focuses on the defendant’s mental state at the time of the alleged crime. Alissa is scheduled to appear in Boulder County District Court on August 29 for a status conference.