State hospital failed to provide mental health reports for King Soopers shooting suspect

An order issued this week asks the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo to explain why it missed court deadlines.

BOULDER, Colo. — The judge overseeing the case of the man accused of killing 10 people at a King Soopers in Boulder just over a year ago issued an order asking the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo (CMHIP) to explain why he has not yet provided an update on the suspect’s mental health.

The order filed by Judge Ingrid Bakke on February 16 notes that CMHIP failed to comply with court orders issued in early December and late January.

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On December 3, 2020, Bakke ruled that Ahmad Alissa was incompetent to stand trial in connection with the March 22, 2021 shooting at King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive that left 10 people dead.

  • Neven Stanisic, 23
  • Kevin Mahoney, 61 years old
  • Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
  • Older Rikki, 25
  • Denny Strong, 20
  • Lynn Murray, 62
  • Terry Leiker, 51 years old
  • Jody Waters, 65
  • Susana Fountain, 59
  • Eric Talley, 51 years old

An order issued the same day as the competition resolution required CMHIP to provide restoration reports every 30 days for the first three reports. The first report had to include information about Alissa’s likelihood of regaining competence from her in order for the trial to move forward.

A January 31 order from Bakke requested CMHIP to provide a report and noted that it had not yet received one even though it had been more than 30 days since the order and more than 30 days since Alissa was transported into CMHIP custody. on December 15.

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the Behavioral Health Office he responded to the order with a statement saying that he had received Bakke’s order and would provide a response. The statement is found in its entirety below and also indicates that CMHIP has not missed any legal deadlines.

Under the law, the Court must review each case in which a defendant has been declared incompetent within 91 days of the Court’s order releasing him or her into the Department’s custody. The Department is required to provide a competitive report at least 10 days prior to that review. The Department will adhere to its statutory obligations. The Department has been court-ordered to show cause and will provide a response as necessary.

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