Charges Keep Stacking Up Against Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4)– The charges keep stacking up against the Aurora theater shooting suspect. James Holmes has been charged with 14 additional counts of attempted murder.
Holmes appeared at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on Thursday to hear the additional charges against him. That brings the total to 166 counts against the 24-year-old.
The judge also delayed Holmes’ preliminary hearing which was scheduled to begin Nov. 13. Now that hearing won’t begin until early 2013.
The prosecutors and lawyers for Holmes did agree on one thing in court; they were united in not wanting the names of the victims in the July 20 shooting at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora to be made public anymore.
Jessica Watts, a cousin of Jonathan Blunk, talked about the pain her family has experienced.
“I have had family members who have had media jump their fence in their backyard to take pictures of them,” said Watts.
Prosecutors told the judge that Holmes’ one-time psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton can no longer live in her home.
One theater victim’s identification has been stolen and her name used to file a motion with the court to be removed as a witness.
“I would hope that people in the media are sensitive to issues surrounding privacy of families, children, victims… But for the courts there really needs to be the bigger concern with protecting the integrity of the investigation as opposed to the privacy of the individuals,” said CBS4 Legal Analyst Karen Steinhauser.
The defense told the judge their investigation has been impeded because some witnesses are in hiding. They also said they haven’t been able to examine the depth of what they called Holmes’ mental illness.
“I hope that through all of the victims, deceased, wounded, physically, emotionally, injured, that they all get remembered, they all are healing as well as possible,” said Watts.