Colorado Theater Massacre Trial: Is Holmes Crazy? Or Evil?

Harrowing accounts from survivors dominated the first week of Colorado's movie theater massacre trial, but amid the tears a much more detailed picture emerged of gunman James Holmes, his personal life, and his deadly plan.
Prosecutors seeking the death penalty for the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, and his public defenders, have filled in many of the gaps left when a judge sealed much of the key evidence in the 2012 mass shooting case.
Both sides painted starkly different pictures of Holmes in Arapahoe County District Court in the Denver suburb of Centennial. The public defender, attorney Daniel King, showed his own videos, including one of a naked Holmes running headlong into his jail cell wall, and another of him standing on his bed before toppling back and slamming his head on the floor.
King told jurors, "It sounded like Mr. Brauchler was suggesting that Mr. Holmes might have done this for notoriety. Look at the video, and you tell me if you would do this for notoriety."
He said Holmes thought the killings would somehow boost his self-worth, or "human capital." King said, "He still believes this stuff today, despite the fact that he's been medicated for over two years."
The attorney rejected the state's argument that the defendant's detailed preparations proved he was sane, saying
"That's the crucible of insanity, not planning."
Holmes has been expressionless in court, wearing a pale blue shirt and glasses, and tethered to the floor beneath his attorneys' desk.



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