Boulder DA announces additional charges against King Soopers shooting suspect

43 counts added to defendant's complaint

Ryan Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/22/21

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty held a press conference outside the Justice Center at 10 a.m. on Thursday to announce new charges against King Sooper's shooting suspect Ahmad Alissa. Dougherty also gave a status update on the investigation into the March 22 shooting.

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Boulder DA announces additional charges against King Soopers shooting suspect

43 counts added to defendant's complaint

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Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty held a press conference outside the Justice Center at 10 a.m. on Thursday to announce new charges against King Sooper's shooting suspect Ahmad Alissa. Dougherty also gave a status update on the investigation into the March 22 shooting.
 
43 additional charges have been added to Alissa's complaint, including 31 counts of attempted murder in the first degree, one count of assault in the first degree and nine counts of possession of a large capacity magazine during the committal of a crime. These charges are in addition to the initial 11 charges against Alissa; 10 for murder and one for attempted murder.
 
The first nine counts of murder in the first degree have been updated to reflect the order in which the investigative team believe the events happened. The additional attempted murder charges announced on April 21 also reflect the order the investigative team believes they occurred.
 
Dougherty said that if the defendant is sentenced, the counts can run consecutively, and that the additional charges are meant to honor the all the victims involved in the tragedy. Each attempted murder charge lists someone who was shot at by Alissa by name.
 
“All the counts that I've listed can run consecutively if the defendant is sentenced,” said Dougherty. “They represent victims who deserve to be heard and supported.”
 
The count of first-degree assault concerns injuries sustained by Elan Shakti, a civilian who fractured her T-6 vertebrate while fleeing the scene. Assault in the first degree carries a possible sentence of 10 to 32 years.
 
The nine counts of possession of a large capacity magazine during the committal of a crime stem from the investigative team's finding that Alissa had multiple magazines on his person which contained more than 15 rounds, the maximum capacity allowed under Colorado law. A class six felony, each charge carries a possible sentence of six to 18 months.
 
Dougherty said that based on available information, the investigative team does not believe that Alissa purchased the magazines illegally but said that if the team discovered that the magazines were purchased illegally, the DA's office would pursue charges against the party that sold them to Alissa.
 
Each first-degree murder charge carries a maximum possible sentence of life without the possibility of parole, while each attempted murder charge carries a possible sentence of 16 to 48 years in a state prison.
 
Dougherty stated that no additional civilian deaths occurred after Boulder Police officers Eric Talley, Bryan Capobianco and Pam Gignac initially responded to the shooting. Talley was fatally shot while intervening in the massacre.
 
Capobianco was part of the initial response and the second wave of law enforcement intervention and is listed in two separate counts of attempted murder to reflect that he was shot at on two separate occasions.
 
Dougherty said the investigation is still in its early stages and added that no motive had been determined yet but said that the investigative team would continue to work to try and discern why this event happened.
 
“You don't need motive to prove intent,” said Dougherty, “but for our community and those families, they want to know why, so we will continue to investigate (motive).”
 
The investigative team looking into the shooting includes members of the Boulder Police Department, FBI, ATF, and other federal agencies. Alissa was shot by a Boulder Police officer during the massacre and the investigative team - save for members of the BPD - are determining whether that was justified, a judgement Dougherty said would be available this month.
 
The next court date is set for May 25 and will be a status conference discussing the findings of Alissa's mental health evaluation. Dougherty said that he did not anticipate making any new developments in the case public between now and then.
 
The victims of the March 22 shooting in Boulder are Denny Stong, 20; Nevin Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Teri Leiker, 51; Officer Eric Talley, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.
 
The defendant, Ahmad Alissa, 22, has been an Arvada resident since 2015.

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