Boulder shooting suspect set for preliminary hearing in September

A Boulder County judge on Tuesday scheduled a preliminary hearing in September for the 21-year-old Arvada man charged with killing 10 people inside a Boulder grocery store in March.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa faces a total of 115 charges — including 10 counts of first-degree murder — after additional counts of attempted murder and other sentence-enhancing charges were filed late Monday ahead of Tuesday’s very brief court hearing.

The state will lay out its case against Alissa at his preliminary hearing on Sept. 7, after which the judge will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to move the case forward.

Authorities allege the gunman arrived at the King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder on March 22 and opened fire just after 2:30 p.m., killing customers, store employees and police officer Eric Talley, while sending scores of others running for their lives.

Police arrested Alissa about an hour after he first opened fire, finding him with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Authorities have not identified a motive for the shooting. Alissa’s attorney, during his first court appearance last month, said her team needed time to evaluate “the nature and depth of (his) mental illness.”

The King Soopers store, which has been closed since the shooting, is expected to be renovated and ready to reopen in late fall.

 

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