James Holmes is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity in the murders of 12 people and the wounding of 70 others. Many who were in the theater plan to attend the trial. That night is still very clear to Tayler Trujillo — too clear.
Opening statements are set Monday in the long-awaited trial of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes. Here’s a look at top elements in the case.
Key dates in the life of James Holmes, on trial in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting.
James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 and injuring 70, it did more than spread fear and heartbreak across the Denver suburbs. It helped revive the national debate over gun control.
Nearly three years have passed since James Holmes, wearing body armor, opened fire in a deadly attack at a packed Colorado movie theater, and survivors and relatives of the 12 moviegoers who died are still trying to make sense of the shooting.
The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied defense attorneys’ longstanding request to move the trial to another county.
With opening statements scheduled Monday in the Colorado theater shooting trial, mental health counselors are bracing to help those coping with anxiety, flashbacks and other responses to reliving the Aurora theater shootings.
Some of the survivors in the Aurora Theater Shooting will be called to testify early on in the trial. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday at 12:15 p.m.
The 12 jurors and 12 alternates seated in the Aurora theater shooting trial represent different walks of life.