Suspect Emerges

FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. The relationship Arlene and Robert Holmes had with their son James had been strained since he was a young boy. After he left for graduate school, their communication was mostly confined to terse emails. Holmes told a psychiatrist years after his gunshots killed 12 people and injured 70 in a crowded Colorado movie theater that he doesn’t like to talk with people, even his mother and father.  (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

“This was a terrible tragedy in which great harm was caused for large numbers of people. It’s virtually impossible to divorce that question of insanity from its context,” said Valerie Hans, a Cornell Law School professor who has studied juries and the insanity plea. “I really feel for jurors who have to listen to wrenching testimony and steel themselves and look at the law and see which legal option really is the best match.”

Psychiatrist Raquel Gur returned to the stand Tuesday, July 7, in the trial of James Holmes in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial.

10:35 a.m. update AURORA | A psychiatrist who specializes in schizophrenia told jurors in the Aurora theater shooting trial that James Holmes’ inconsistent behavior for different doctors made sense considering his changing mental state. Raquel Gur said Holmes was a markedly different person from one interview with doctors to the next, a common issue with mentally-ill […]

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2 p.m. update AURORA | Jurors in the Aurora theater shooting trial continued to hear testimony Monday about a mental breakdown James Holmes had a few months after the shootings. During that November 2012 breakdown, Holmes spent several days at Denver Health Medical Center in the hospital’s jail wing. A psychiatrist who saw Holmes at […]

In this image taken from video, accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, on the far left, listens to testimony during his trial, in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, June 25, 2015. Holmes arrived at court minus his normal full beard.  (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

AURORA | The first psychiatrist who evaluated James Holmes after the Aurora theater shooting testified Thursday that the accused gunman’s mental illness was “very severe” and he was psychotic. “It was my impression that he was mentally ill, he was severely mentally ill, and that he had a psychotic illness,” Dr. Jonathan Woodcock testified Thursday. […]

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler asks questions of Aurora theater shooting victim Ashley Moser (holding microphone) on Friday, June 19, 2015, during the trial of James Holmes in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial.

AURORA | Ashley Moser — who was paralyzed and whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Aurora theater shooting — testified Friday, the last witness in the trial of shooter James Holmes to take the stand before prosecutors rested their case. Moser, sitting in a wheelchair, detailed how excited she was in the hours before […]

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Minutes before the shooting, Holmes and other witnesses in the theater say he stood up like he was taking a phone call and walked out the emergency exit door. Reid called that phone call a ruse and said it was designed to distract people, an important detail that he said pointed to a sound mind.


AURORA | Jurors in the Aurora theater shooting trial Tuesday watched a video of James Holmes detailing how he “geared up” outside the Aurora Century 16 theater — and how he went on “auto pilot” as he walked in July 20, 2012. During the 2014 interview with psychiatrist Dr. William Reid at a state mental hospital, Holmes […]