Boulder shooting suspect moved to a different jail following threats

Alissa remained silent throughout the court appearance, at one point trying to answer a...
Alissa remained silent throughout the court appearance, at one point trying to answer a question with a nod until he was told by the judge he had to give a verbal yes or no answer.(KKTV)
Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 6:49 AM MDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2021 at 8:00 PM MDT
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BOULDER, Colo. (KKTV) - Pushed in on a wheelchair in a blue jail jumpsuit, surrounded by five officers, the man accused of going on a deadly shooting spree at a grocery store made his first appearance before a judge Thursday morning.

11 News learned Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was moved from the Boulder County Jail on Wednesday following threats against his safety. Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Division Chief Jeff Goetz could not share any additional details on the choice to move the suspect, including where he was moved to.

Alissa remained silent throughout the proceedings on Thursday, only uttering a single word once when asked by a judge if he understood his rights.

Alissa, 21, faces 10 counts of first-degree murder, one for each person he allegedly killed at a King Soopers in Boulder Monday afternoon. He also faces one count of attempted murder for shooting at another officer, the district attorney revealed in a news conference immediately following the court appearance.

The prosecution told the courtroom Thursday that law enforcement was still processing the scene, and they expected more charges to be filed in the coming weeks. An update is expected to be provided Friday morning on the case.

Since his arrest, investigators say Alissa has refused to answer any questions that could give any insight into a possible motive. Law enforcement is working to piece together why the suspected gunman targeted a grocery store -- and why a grocery store in Boulder, roughly 30 minutes away from his home in Arvada. According to arrest papers investigators believe the attack was planned, given that the suspect purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol just six days before, but they do not know the reason behind the deadly plot. You can read the arrest papers at the bottom of this article. The FBI is combing through his online activity and interviewing people who knew him for clues.

The defense asked for and was granted the opportunity to have Alissa’s mental health evaluated and suggested in court that he suffered from an unspecified mental illness.

A status hearing will be set in the next 60-90 days. Alissa will remain in jail without bond.

WATCH: King Soopers shooting suspect in court

WATCH: The suspect in the Boulder King Soopers shooting is making his first court appearance. Suspect Ahmad Alissa, 21, faces 10 counts of first-degree murder.

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Thursday, March 25, 2021

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