After nearly three years of mystery, a clearer but conflicted portrait of James Holmes emerged from the first few hours of his trial in the Colorado theater shootings.
Opening arguments in the Colorado theater shooting trial revealed a torrent of new details about James Holmes and the 2012 attack that killed 12 and injured 70.
Opening statements ended Monday evening in the trial of the man who opened fire inside the movie theater in Aurora. Both sides focused the jury on the key point of whether James Holmes was sane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others.
Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers.
A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting.
James Holmes’ defense attorney, Daniel King, says his client “now regrets what took place in the theater.”
A public defender says James Holmes was insane when he opened fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater in 2012.
Colorado’s Republican Senate approved a bill Monday creating a new crime of fetal homicide, a measure proposed in response to an attack on a pregnant woman last month in Longmont.
A prosecutor says James Holmes considered other locations and methods for his attack, including biological warfare, before deciding on a mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater.
Colorado’s Senate President says accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes should have been charged with 13 murders, not 12. That’s because one of the women who survived the 2012 shooting later miscarried.