The gunman was sentenced in August to 12 consecutive life terms for killing 12 people and wounding 70 others at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in July 2012. Jurors quickly rejected his insanity defense but they could not unanimously agree on imposing the death penalty.
“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.”
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 […]
CENTENNIAL | They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and who don’t want him to die. But more than two months into his mass-murder trial, James Holmes has yet to turn around in his seat and acknowledge them. They called him Jimbo. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]