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Ahmad Alissa Removed From Boulder Jail Following Threats to His Safety

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The alleged Boulder grocery store shooter, who was charged with killing 10 people, has been moved to a different jail over “safety concerns,” authorities have said.

Ahmad Alissa, 21, had been taken to Boulder County Jail, in Colorado, on Tuesday after he was discharged from a hospital where he had been treated for an injury, which he received after the lone suspect was shot by officers in the King Soopers grocery store, on Table Mesa, on Monday.

But, on Thursday it emerged Alissa would be moved from Boulder County Jail over fears to his safety.

Boulder County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield told the Daily Camera: “The suspect remains under our custody, however, he is being housed at another correctional facility outside of Boulder County due to safety concerns and threats that our jail staff became aware of.”

Syrian-born U.S. citizen Alissa was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, all in connection with the shooting. Police said the victims were aged between 20 and 65.

One of the victims was Boulder Police Department (BPD) officer Eric Talley.

During Alissa’s first court appearance on Thursday, his defense team asked for an extension of the hearing to determine whether their client is suffering from a mental illness.

Kathrin Herold, one of Allisa’s representatives, told Colorado District Judge Thomas Mulvahill: “We cannot begin to assess the nature and depth of Mr Alissa’s mental illness until we have the discovery from the government.”

The judge granted the defense a status hearing on Alissa’s mental health and confirmed a conference would be scheduled sometime in the next 30 to 90 days.

Prosecution lawyers opposed the time frame, wanting it to be within a month and a half, but were overruled by the judge. The prosecutors also said they planned to file more charges in the future.

When Alissa appeared at the Colorado District Court he was sitting in a wheelchair, due to having been shot in the leg, and spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood his rights.

The Boulder Police Department will hold a press conference Friday, March 26, at 10 a.m., to give an update on the ongoing investigation into the March 22 mass shooting. https://t.co/17i7YmnnZe

— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 26, 2021

Judge Thomas Mulvahill said:” Sir, do you understand those rights as I’ve explained them to you this morning? I need you to answer out loud, please.”

Alissa replied: “Yes.”

The Boulder County district attorney and BPD police chief will provide an update about the case at a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

One day after the shooting at Boulder State Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg said he is drafting a bill that would repeal a 2003 law that stops city gun laws from superseding gun laws in the state.

Ahmad Alissa has been moved to another jail according to authorities. Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.
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