The man accused of killing 10 people at a Colorado grocery store in March was found unfit to stand trial on Friday and will be transferred to a public hospital, officials said.
Judge Ingrid Bakke’s order came after four doctors in three months concluded that Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 22, could not stand trial, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County prosecutor said, Michael Dougherty, in an email.
Spokeswoman Shannon Carbone did not provide details of the doctors’ findings. But because they agreed, she said Dougherty did not request a skills hearing and requested that Alissa be transferred to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, a facility that treats patients with acute psychiatric problems.
Public defenders for Alissa could not be reached for comment on Friday, but one of them, Kathryn Herold, told the court he was suffering from a “serious” mental illness, according to the Associated Press.
“Based on the latest skills assessment, we are confident that with medication and treatment, the accused’s skills will be restored,” Carbone said.
She added that updates on her progress will be posted on a monthly basis. His next hearing is scheduled for March 15.
Alissa reportedly opened fire inside a Boulder grocery store, King Soopers, on March 22 with a Ruger AR-556 he had purchased five days earlier. He was charged with 10 counts of murder.
Victims include Eric Talley, 51; Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; 49-year-old Tralona Bartkowiak; Fontaine Suzanne, 59; Teri Leiker, 51 years old; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.