DENOVER (AP) – State experts have ruled that a man accused of killing 10 people in a Colorado supermarket is ineligible to stand trial, but a judge has denied the prosecution’s request a second time. Approved for review. .
An initial diagnostic report was not released, but according to information filed by the prosecution, experts temporarily diagnosed Ahmed Alisa, 22, with a non-specific mental health condition that would allow him to “communicate meaningfully with others.” Limits his ability “and concludes that he cannot currently assist his lawyers in his defense. Elisa gave “superficial answers” to questions about the fictitious legal situation, pointing to a “passive approach to her defense” and “possible overreach to her lawyers,” the prosecution said last week for a second report. According to excerpts from the report included in the movement.
Eligibility includes both whether defendants can understand legal proceedings and whether they are able to work with their lawyers to defend them. This is a separate legal issue from the plea not guilty to insanity, which depends on whether one’s mental health prevented them from knowing right from wrong when the crime was committed. Court hearings are usually adjourned when the judge finds that the defendant is incompetent but can resume if and when his condition improves, including treatment.
While prosecutors said investigators found Alyssa understands the legal process, her lawyers disagreed. The defense, citing a diagnostic report in a filing, said Alyssa had been sentenced to death in the case, although that was unlikely. Colorado abolished the death penalty last year. The defense said it also thought the judge would decide his fate instead of the jury.
Judge Ingrid Bucke ordered a state mental health examination when Elisa’s lawyers questioned her eligibility based on her own expert assessment.
Elisa faces multiple counts in a March shooting at a crowded King Supers supermarket in Boulder. Ten people, including a police officer, were killed before a policeman was shot and wounded and taken out of the scene.
Investigators have not identified possible motives for the attack.