Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Prosecutors to lay out case against Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes

James Holmes at initial hearing
CENTENNIAL — Prosecutors will begin laying out their case next week against the man accused of fatally shooting 12 people this summer during a crowded midnight movie premiere in Aurora.

James Holmes faces 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges in connection with the July 20 shootings at The Dark Knight Rises premiere that also wounded 58 people.

During a short court hearing Wednesday morning, prosecutors and defense attorneys said they are ready to proceed with a preliminary hearing on the evidence against Holmes starting Monday.

At that hearing, Judge William Sylvester will decide whether there's enough evidence to allow the case against Holmes to proceed.

The weeklong hearing will be the public's first opportunity to hear the prosecution's evidence—photos, videos and witness testimony—and how defense attorneys intended to counter it.

Holmes' attorneys say he is mentally ill, raising the possibility of an insanity defense. Holmes attended Wednesday's hearing but did not speak with anyone.


Source: The Coloradoan, January 2, 2013

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