The 21-year-old Colorado man accused of gunning down 10 folks at a grocery store in Boulder earlier this week shall be held with out bail, a decide dominated Thursday.
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, from the Denver suburb of Arvada, has remained in custody on the Boulder County Jail since police arrested him on the King Soopers grocery retailer on Monday. He was charged with 10 counts of first-degree homicide.
On the court docket look, Alissa will hear the pending fees he faces and his rights as a defendant, and he wouldn’t be requested for a plea till later within the judicial course of.
Whereas most Colorado court docket proceedings have been performed by video through the pandemic, District Choose Thomas Francis Mulvahill ordered Alissa to seem earlier than him in court docket except Alissa waives his proper to seem in particular person in writing. The courtroom shall be closed to the general public.
Alissa had purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol – which resembles an AR-15 rifle with a barely shorter inventory – on March 16, six days earlier than 10 folks, together with a police officer, had been killed on the grocery store, in accordance with an arrest affidavit. Investigators didn’t instantly disclose the place the suspect bought the weapon.
One of many victims was veteran Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley. The others had been recognized as Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.
A whole lot of mourners gathered in downtown Boulder Wednesday night time to carry a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the victims.
Investigators haven’t established a motive for the assault, in accordance with officers.
Alissa was beforehand identified to the FBI, The New York Occasions first reported Tuesday, citing regulation enforcement officers who mentioned the suspect was linked to a different particular person below investigation by the bureau. No additional particulars had been reported.
Alissa was born in Syria in 1999, emigrated to the U.S. as a toddler and later turned a U.S. citizen, in accordance with two regulation enforcement officers who weren’t approved to talk publicly and spoke to The Related Press on the situation of anonymity. The officers mentioned he would should be a citizen to purchase a gun.
The suspect’s household advised investigators they believed Alissa was struggling some sort of psychological sickness, together with delusions.
Family described instances when Alissa advised them folks had been following or chasing him, which they mentioned might have contributed to the violence, an official advised The Related Press.
The Related Press contributed to this report.