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Aurora Victim's Parents Go After Ammo Suppliers

Suit: They 'negligently, unlawfully' sold items to James Holmes

(Newser) - James Holmes is a "patently dangerous homicidal man" who should never have been able to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition, tear gas, and body armor, argues a suit filed yesterday against four companies that supplied the accused Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter with those items. The suit was... More »

Big Debate: Is Holmes' 'Smirk' Evidence?

Prosecutors say it shows he was happy with massacre

(Newser) - When a handcuffed James Holmes was asked by one cop whether he had acted alone in the Aurora theater shooting that had ended only minutes before, Holmes said nothing but gave what the officer yesterday described as "a self-satisfying offensive smirk." A prosecutor at Holmes' hearing argued that... More »

James Holmes' Lawyers: He Was Aurora Gunman

But he was suffering from a 'psychotic episode'

(Newser) - For the first time, James Holmes' lawyers have acknowledged that he was the gunman in the Aurora theater massacre. But he "suffers from a severe mental illness and was in the throes of a psychotic episode when he committed the acts that resulted in the tragic loss of life... More »

James Holmes Will Be Bolted Down in Court

Aurora shooting suspect to wear harness, cable

(Newser) - While James Holmes is tried over the Aurora, Colorado massacre, he'll be wearing a harness and a cable attached to the floor, a judge has ruled. Despite defense concerns it could bias the jury, the precaution is necessary because Holmes poses a threat, said Judge Carlos Samour Jr., per... More »

Holmes Judge to Hear Challenge to Insanity Law

Defense says it's unconstitutional

(Newser) - The judge in the Aurora movie theater shooting case will listen to defense lawyers' arguments against the constitutionality of Colorado's insanity defense law, Reuters reports. The law is unconstitutional, lawyers say, because it says James Holmes can't summon mental health experts of his own choosing—rather than court-appointed... More »

James Holmes to Plead Insane

Attorneys say he'll change to not guilty by reason of insanity

(Newser) - In a not-so-surprising development, accused Aurora shooter James Holmes plans to use the insanity defense. His attorneys filed papers today saying their client intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity at a hearing next week, reports the Denver Post . If the judge goes along, doctors at a state... More »

Holmes' Doctor Warned Police 38 Days Before Attack

Court documents offer new insight into case

(Newser) - James Holmes ' psychiatrist told a police officer Holmes was dangerous 38 days before the Aurora theater massacre, freshly unsealed court documents show. Dr. Lynne Fenton said Holmes was a "danger to the public" and had admitted homicidal thoughts, the Denver Post reports. He'd also quit seeing... More »

Colorado Will Seek Death Penalty for Holmes

Plus: Will Fox journalist have to testify?

(Newser) - Prosecutors in the Aurora shooting case are seeking the death penalty for James Holmes, they announced in court today. Arapahoe County DA George Brauchler addressed the hearing, saying, "It's my determination and my intention that in this case for James Eagan Holmes justice is death." Holmes gave... More »

Aurora DA: Plea Deal 'Extremely Unlikely'

Prosecutors slam what they call a publicity stunt

(Newser) - Prosecutors have all but nixed James Holmes' reported offer of a guilty plea to dodge the death penalty. They're "extremely unlikely" to accept the proposal without "specific access to information" on Holmes that, so far, his team has refused to provide, they say, per the Denver Post... More »

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea for James Holmes

Holmes' attorneys had asked for 2-3 more months to decide plea

(Newser) - After James Holmes' attorneys said he was not ready to enter a plea this morning, the judge did it for him—not guilty on 166 counts, including the murder of 12 people in an Aurora movie theater last July and attempting to kill 70 others, reports the Denver Post . The... More »

James Holmes Could Be Given 'Truth Serum'

Plea due today in Aurora shooting

(Newser) - James Holmes' plea in the Aurora massacre is due today—and if he pleads insanity at the time of the shooting, he could be administered medication to confirm he's telling the truth. In a so-called "narcoanalytic interview," the defendant could receive inhibition-lowering drugs; these may include sodium... More »

Man to Rep: Hope Somebody 'Giffords Your Asses'

Rhonda Fields was pushing gun control

(Newser) - A Colorado Springs man has been arrested on suspicion of sending harassing emails to a state lawmaker, including one that said, "Hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] both of your asses with a gun." State Rep. Rhonda Fields, who represents Aurora and whose son was shot and killed in 2005... More »

Aurora Survivors Return to Theater Ahead of Reopening

Revamped theater headed for controversial debut

(Newser) - The site of the Aurora massacre is reopening today, but yesterday it opened its doors to a crowd that wasn't there to be entertained: survivors and families of the victims. "I wanted to go back because that theater was the last place I ever saw Veronica, and it... More »

James Holmes to Stand Trial: Judge

Prosecutors to proceed with all 166 felony counts filed against him

(Newser) - There's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer, a judge ruled late today. Judge William Sylvester said prosecutors have established probable cause to proceed with all 166 felony counts they... More »

Defense Calls No Witnesses as Holmes Hearing Wraps

Judge's decision expected Friday

(Newser) - James Holmes' preliminary hearing ended today, as the defense decided not to call any witnesses, the AP reports. The judge will rule by Friday on whether the accused Dark Knight shooter should stand trial; Holmes could enter a plea that day if the judge decides he should be tried. Holmes'... More »

FBI Details James Holmes' Elaborate Booby-Trap

Also: Holmes played sock puppets with paper bags on his hands

(Newser) - An FBI agent today laid out the meticulous detail used by James Holmes to booby-trap his apartment on the night of the Dark Knight massacre in Aurora, Colorado, reports USA Today . According to his plan, a boombox would start blaring in the empty apartment at midnight. When neighbors or police... More »

James Holmes Sits Coldly in Sad Pretrial Hearing

Officers give moving testimony about 'Dark Knight' massacre

(Newser) - James Holmes sat expressionless at a pretrial hearing today as police officers gave heart-rending testimony about the Dark Knight massacre, the Denver Post reports. Officer Aaron Blue said he held a gunshot victim in the backseat of a car going to the hospital: "Everytime she moved, she stopped breathing,... More »

Holmes Back in Court as State Makes Its Case

What to expect from the hearing

(Newser) - James Holmes will be back in court today for the first time in almost six months for a preliminary hearing as the prosecution lays out its case against the 25-year-old, to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to put him on trial. Holmes has been charged with 166 counts of... More »

4 Dead in Aurora, Colorado, After Shooting

Gunman killed three inside home, say police

(Newser) - Another shooting with multiple fatalities in Aurora, Colorado : Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, after an hours-long standoff. Details are still filling in, but the Denver Post and the AP report:
  • The gunman killed two men and a woman inside a townhouse in the Denver suburb. Another
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Families Blast Aurora Theater for Invite to Re-Opening

'Ridiculously offensive' email called a stunt

(Newser) - Family members of nine of the victims from July's movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., are furious over what they call "ridiculously offensive" email invitations to a memorial event to re-open the theater, reports AFP . The theater's parent company, Cinemark, says it intends to re-open the Century... More »

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