James Holmes

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Holmes Defense Tries to Block 'Wrenching' Testimony

Lawyer doesn't want jury to hear about grief of young victim's mother

(Newser) - Defense attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes want to severely limit the testimony of a woman who was paralyzed, suffered a miscarriage , and whose 6-year-old daughter died in the attack. They say significant parts of Ashley Moser's testimony will unfairly bias jurors because they are too heart-wrenching and... More »

Seconds Before Shooting, Holmes Called Crisis Line

Massacre carried out 'on autopilot,' he told psychiatrist

(Newser) - James Holmes thought he might be stopped before the Dark Knight massacre and he "kind of" regrets that he wasn't. In hours of interviews from last year being presented at his murder trial, Holmes tells a psychiatrist that as he donned body armor outside the theater, he thought... More »

James Holmes: 'My Mind Was Kind of Falling Apart'

Jurors see videotaped interview with psychiatrist

(Newser) - James Holmes said his "mind was kind of falling apart" and he began to have homicidal thoughts months before he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater, according to a video excerpt presented yesterday at his murder trial. Holmes told a state-appointed psychiatrist in... More »

Dark Knight Shooter's Diary Finally Opened

Sane or insane? Both sides say diary helps case

(Newser) - Was James Holmes in the grip of madness when he massacred 12 moviegoers in 2012, or had he coldly planned the rampage for months? Both sides in the Dark Knight shooter's trial say the gunman's diary helps their case, and on Tuesday, prosecutors entered it into evidence and... More »

Biggest Question in Dark Knight Shooting Trial: Why?

After 'cocoon,' trial of James Holmes begins today

(Newser) - The trial of James Holmes begins today, nearly three years after he massacred moviegoers in Aurora, Colo . The case has been in what the Denver Post calls "a kind of cocoon " since soon after the 27-year-old killed 12 people and injured 70 others during a midnight showing of... More »

James Holmes' Parents: 'He Is Not a Monster'

He's mentally ill and should not be executed, write Robert and Arlene Holmes

(Newser) - With their son's trial set to start in a month, the parents of suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes make a plea for his life in the Denver Post today. "He is not a monster," write Robert and Arlene Holmes. "He is a human being gripped... More »

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 »

Limbaugh: Clinton Staged Shoe-Throwing

Suspect disrupted Holmes hearing in 2012

(Newser) - Is Hillary Clinton gearing up for a White House run by having stooges chuck shoes at her? That appears to be Rush Limbaugh's theory: He told listeners yesterday that he has "people telling me her reaction wasn’t natural," Politico reports. He explained that he found it... 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 »

James Holmes Pleads Insanity

Judge accepts plea; mental evaluation to follow

(Newser) - As expected , accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity today, and a judge accepted the plea—setting the stage for a mental evaluation that could take months. Holmes' lawyers repeatedly have said he is mentally ill, but they delayed the insanity plea while... 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 »

James Holmes Offers to Plead Guilty to Avoid Death Penalty

Prosecutors haven't decided whether to accept

(Newser) - It's possible the legal case involving Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes could be wrapped up in a matter of days. His attorneys said today he is willing to plead guilty and take a life sentence without possibility of parole in order to avoid the death penalty, reports the Denver ... 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 »

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