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July 20, 2012 James Eagan Holmes Aurora Theater Mass Shooting Attack Mass shooting occurred inside of a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. A gunman, dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. The sole suspect, James Eagan Holmes, was arrested in his car parked outside the cinema minutes later. It was the deadliest shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, and had the largest number of casualties of any shooting in U.S. history. Prior to the shooting, the suspect rigged his apartment with explosives, which were defused by a bomb squad one day after the shooting. (wikipedia)
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- Muslim: Daily Mail cites mysterious source that muslim prisoners are upset that Holmes converted to Islam in prison to justify the killings.
- Terrorism "Investigators believe the shooter acted alone and not as part of a terrorist group"
May 26, 2015 Prosecutors introduce key notebook in Aurora theater shooting trial The Denver Post Both sides in the trial have described the notebook as a kind of interpretive key to the attack at the Century Aurora 16 movie theater that killed 12 people and wounded 70 others. To prosecutors, who contend Holmes was sane at the time of the attack ... words were written in red ink. Page 27: "1. What is the meaning of life? 2. What is the meaning of death?" Page 35: "The obsession to kill since I was a kid with age became more and more realistic." Page 54: "Embraced the hatred." Prosecutors in theater shooting systematically building case that James Holmes was sane Fox News Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting are steadily moving toward the heart of their case: the testimony of two court-appointed doctors expected to say James Holmes was sane when he opened fire on a packed midnight showing of a Batman movie. terrorist inspired notebook Holmes kept, with scribbled maps and cramped handwriting that sketched out a chilling list of choices: mass murder or serial murder, attack a theater or an airport, use guns, bombs or biological warfare. It details which auditoriums in the theater complex had the fewest exits and offered the least chance he would be detected. One map shows the theater complex and a nearby police station and National Guard building. "ETA response (is about) 3 mins.," Holmes wrote.
Daily Mail cites mysterious source that muslim prisoners are upset that Holmes converted to Islam in prison to justify the killings.
Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes converts to Islam The Washington Times Mar 21, 2013 - The man who shot up an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last summer has reportedly converted to ...
Dark Knight killer James Holmes 'is now a Muslim who ...Daily Mail Mar 20, 2013 - A prison source said Holmes has turned to Islam as a way of justifying his horrific murder spree in an Aurora, Colorado cinema last year, which ... But his new routine has upset Muslim inmates. 'None of them condone forms of terrorism or extremism,' the source added. 'And they don't want their religion to be connected to that awful shooting.'
James Holmes: Did Aurora Shooter Convert to Islam? No sources- Hollywood Gossip Mar 22, 2013 - James Holmes, the alleged Aurora theater shooter, reportedly converted to Islam while in jail. Emphasis on reportedly.
Alleged Aurora Shooter, James Holmes, Converts To Islam ...International Business TimesMar 22, 2013 - James Holmes, the alleged Aurora shooter, reportedly converted toIslam in jail but the report has been criticized for its lack of credible sources.
Aurora Movie theater shooter James Holmes converts to ...Mar 21, 2013 - Apparently James Holmes has converted to Islam to justify the ... WASHINGTON TIMES – The man who shot up an Aurora, Colo., movie theater ...
Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes Reportedly Converts ...FrontPage MagazineMar 21, 2013 - This is far from proven, but if Holmes did indeed covert to Islam, he wouldn't be the first prisoner to go Mohammedan behind bars. This story ...
Aurora Massacre Shooter James Holmes Converts To Islam ...Mar 21, 2013 - The man who allegedly killed 12 people and injured scores of others in the July 20, 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater ...
Colorado Shooter James Holmes Converts to Islam? Answering Mar 21, 2013 - The Daily Mail is reporting that James Holmes, the infamous murderer ... to Islam as a way of justifying his horrific murder spree in an Aurora, .
James Holmes and "Retrospective Jihad" | loonwatch.comMar 24, 2013 - James Holmes, the alleged Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter, has reportedly converted to Islam while in jail. Emphasis on reportedly. (pro-muslim news) As if reading out of the Protocols of the Elders of Mecca the desperate legions of anti-Muslim invective made haste to proliferate a Daily Mail article about the alleged jailhouse conversion of James Holmes and his supposed ex-post-facto justification of the atrocity perpetrated in Aurora, Colorado. FrontPageMagRag‘s favorite genocidalist Daniel Greenfield ran the story, saying it may be another prisoner going “Mohamedan behind bars.” Those self-proclaimed “Jihad experts/reporters,” Spencer and Geller, found the story too juicy to pass up, claiming Holmes was just acting out his own #Myjihad, with Geller speculating if “it was a recent conversion or was there some knowledge about his leanings before the shooting?” Interestingly, the Daily Mail article itself notes that Muslim inmates are “not happy” about Holmes trying to link his massacre to Islam.
*Terrorism "Investigators believe the shooter acted alone and not as part of a terrorist group"
Police say Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes had 2 ... Investigators believe the shooter acted alone and not as part of a terrorist group.
James Eagan Holmes
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other people named James Holmes, see James Holmes (disambiguation).
|James Eagan Holmes|
Initial booking photo at Arapahoe County Jail
|Born||December 13, 1987 |
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Known for||Perpetrator of the 2012 Aurora shooting|
|24 counts of first degree murder|
140 counts of attempted first degree murder
1 count of possessing an illegalexplosive device
1 count of inciting violence
|Criminal status||On trial|
James Eagan Holmes (born December 13, 1987) is an American known for carrying out the 2012 Aurora shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012.
Holmes was hospitalized after attempting suicide several times while in jail in November 2012. He is currently held without bail and has entered a plea of not guilty on March 12, 2013. He has no known previous criminal record. His attorneys had been expected to enter a plea ofdiminished capacity (which differs from an insanity plea), but they told the presiding judge in the preliminary hearing that they were not ready to decide on such a step yet, and needed more time to review the massive documentation on the case. Colorado State District Court judge William Blair Sylvester, who was the trial judge overseeing the preliminaries, was also concerned about moving too fast in proceeding to thearraignment, which could produce further issues supporting an eventual appeal.
On March 12, 2013, a Colorado judge entered a plea of not guilty when Holmes' attorney claimed that his client was not prepared to enter a plea. On March 27, 2013, Holmes's attorneys said he would plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, but the following day prosecutors said they are not ready to accept the offer. On the following Monday, prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on June 4, 2013, which the judge accepted. The trial began on April 27, 2015.
James Eagan Holmes was born on December 13, 1987, in San Diego, California. His father is a mathematician and scientist with degrees from Stanford University, UCLA and UC Berkeley and his mother is a registered nurse. He has one sister. Holmes was raised inCastroville, California, where he attended elementary school, and San Diego, where he lived in the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood and went to Westview High School and graduated in 2006. Holmes played soccer and ran cross-country in high school. He attended Penasquitos Lutheran Church with his family, according to the church's pastor. According to Holmes' lawyer, Daniel King, Holmes began to suffer from mental health issues in middle school and attempted suicide at age 11.
In Aurora, Holmes lived on Paris Street in a one-bedroom apartment, in a building with other students involved in health studies. In a rental application for another apartment he applied for, he described himself as "quiet and easygoing". He left some digital footprints, like a university email address, an old Myspace photo, a dating profile on Match.com, and a profile on Adult FriendFinder, as well as a résumé at the employment website Monster.com. According to a few sources, Holmes allegedly hired prostitutes and left reviews of them on an onlinemessage board.
Education and career
In 2006, Holmes worked as an intern at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where he was assigned to write computer code for an experiment. Holmes, who was described by his supervisor as stubborn, uncommunicative and socially inept, presented his project to the other interns at the end of the internship, but never actually completed it. Holmes wrote of his experiences at the Salk Institute in a college application essay: "I had little experience in computer programming and the work was challenging to say the least. Nonetheless, I taught myself how to program in Flash and then construct a cross-temporal calibration model.... Completing the project and presenting my model at the end of the internship was exhilarating."
Graduating from Westview High School in the Torrey Highlands community of San Diego in 2006, Holmes attended the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and, in 2010, received his undergraduate degree in neuroscience with the highest honors. He was a member of several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key. According to UCR recommendation letters submitted to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), Holmes graduated in the top 1% of his class with a 3.949 GPA. The UCR letters also described Holmes as "a very effective group leader’’ and a person who "takes an active role in his education, and brings a great amount of intellectual and emotional maturity into the classroom".
In 2008, Holmes worked as a counselor at a residential summer camp in Glendale, California, that catered to children aged 7–14. There he was responsible for 10 children and had no disciplinary problems.
In June 2011, Holmes enrolled as a Ph.D. student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. He received a $21,600 grant from the National Institutes of Health, according to agency records, which was disbursed in installments from July 2011 to June 2012. Holmes also received a $5,000 stipend from the University of Colorado, Denver. Though Holmes received a letter of acceptance to UIUC, where he was offered a $22,600 stipend and free tuition, he declined their offer without specifying a reason. Reviewers of Holmes' application at UIUC remembered his application because he submitted a picture of himself with a llama.
In 2012, Holmes' academic performance declined, and he scored poorly on the comprehensive exam in the spring. The university was not planning to expel him; however, Holmes was in the process of withdrawing from the university. Three days after failing a key oral exam at the university in early June 2012, Holmes dropped out of his studies without further explanation. At the time of his arrest, he gave his occupation as "laborer."
Aurora theater shooting
Main article: 2012 Aurora shooting
Events leading to the shooting
Holmes' defense attorneys stated in a motion that he was a psychiatric patient of the medical director of Anschutz's Student Mental Health Services prior to the Aurora shooting. The prosecutor disagreed with that claim. Four days after the release of the defense attorney's motion, the judge required this information to be blacked out. CBS News later reported that Holmes met with at least three mental health professionals at the University of Colorado prior to the massacre.
One of Holmes' psychiatrists suspected, prior to the shooting, that Holmes suffered from mental illness and could be dangerous. A month before the shooting, Dr. Lynne Fenton reported to the campus police that he had made homicidal statements. Two weeks prior to the shooting, Holmes sent a text message asking a graduate student if the student had heard of the disorder dysphoric mania, and warning the student to stay away from him "because I am bad news".
Holmes was a fan of superheroes, including Batman, and his apartment was decorated with Batman paraphernalia. Dave Aragón, an actor from MTV television series Pimp My Ride, stated that Holmes called him twice the month prior to the shooting. Aragón is the writer, director, and star of an upcoming film entitled The Suffocator of Sins, which depicts a vigilante who shoots criminals, and Aragón claimed that Holmes showed interest in his movie's trailer.
According to Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, Holmes chose the Century 16 theater for his attack because he liked movie theaters and the specific theater had doors that he could lock in order to increase the number of casualties, as well as being in an area where police response would take longer. Holmes allegedly considered other locations for a mass shooting, such as an airport, but ruled it out because an airport would have too much security. He also wrote his reasoning that an attack on an airport would be confused as an act of terrorism, saying, "Terrorism isn't the message. The message is, there is no message."
Actions prior to shooting
On May 22, 2012, Holmes purchased a Glock 22 pistol at a Gander Mountain shop in Aurora. Six days later, on May 28, he bought a Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun at a Bass Pro Shops in Denver. On June 7, just hours after failing his oral exam at the university, he purchased a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle from a Gander Mountain in Thornton, with a second Glock 22 pistol at the same Bass Pro Shops in Denver on July 6. All the weapons were bought legally and background checks were performed. In the four months prior to the shooting, Holmes also bought 3,000 rounds of ammunition for the pistols, 3,000 rounds for the M&P15, and 350 shells for the shotgun over the Internet. On July 2, he placed an order for a Blackhawk Urban Assault Vest, two magazine holders, and a knife at an online retailer.
On June 25, less than a month before the shooting, Holmes emailed an application to join a gun club in Byers, Colorado. The owner, Glenn Rotkovich, called him several times throughout the following days to invite him to a mandatory orientation, but could only reach his answering machine. Due to the nature of Holmes' voice mail, which he described as "bizarre, freaky", "guttural, spoken with a deep voice, incoherent and rambling", Rotkovich instructed his staff to inform him if Holmes showed up, though Holmes neither appeared at the gun range nor called back. "In hindsight, looking back – and if I'd seen the movies – maybe I'd say it was like the Joker – I would have gotten the Joker out of it... It was like somebody was trying to be as weird as possible", Rotkovich said.
On July 19, just hours before the shooting started, Holmes mailed a notebook to his psychiatrist. The notebook detailed his thoughts and plans during the weeks preceding the shooting.The notebook was found in an undelivered package in the Anschutz Medical Campus mail-room.
Shooting and arrest
On July 20, 2012, police arrested an unresisting Holmes next to his car behind the Century 16 theater, moments after the 2012 Aurora shooting, in which Holmes allegedly set off several gas or smoke canisters and then opened fire on the theater audience, killing 12 and wounding 70. The responding officers recovered several guns from inside the car and the theater.
Once apprehended, Holmes told the police that he had booby-trapped his apartment with explosive devices before heading to the theater.Police later confirmed the presence of explosives in the apartment.
Detention and pre-trial court appearances
Holmes was initially jailed at Arapahoe Detention Center, under suicide watch. He is being held in solitary confinement to protect him from other inmates, a routine precaution for high-profile cases.
Holmes made his first court appearance in Centennial, Colorado on July 23, 2012, before Judge William B. Sylvester. He was read his rights and no bail was given due to the nature of the charges. A mandatory protection order was issued by the judge. The judge appointed a public defender. Holmes said nothing and never looked at the judge. His appearance, which was described as "dazed" and "confused" fueled speculation about his mental state.
On July 30, Colorado prosecutors filed formal charges against Holmes that included 24 counts of first degree murder, 116 counts of attempted murder, possession of explosive devices, and inciting violence. The multiple charges expand the opportunities for prosecutors to obtain convictions. For each person killed in the shooting, Holmes is charged with one count of murder with deliberation and one count of murder with extreme indifference. Holmes agreed in court to waive his right to a preliminary hearing within 35 days.
On August 9, Holmes's attorneys said their client is mentally ill and that they need more time to assess the nature of his illness. The disclosure was made at a court hearing in Centennial where news media organizations were asking a judge to unseal court documents in the case.
On September 19, the prosecution filed a motion to add 10 new charges against Holmes and asked to amend 17 others. The additional charges would bring the total counts Holmes faces to 152. Holmes appeared in the Arapahoe County Court house the following day for the first time without his dyed-red hair, but with cropped hair revealing his natural brown color.
On September 28, court documents released by prosecutors say Holmes was revoked access to the University of Colorado campus because he threatened a professor. The university has said Holmes was denied access to non-public parts of the campus because he had withdrawn from school.
On October 11, Holmes's attorneys asked Judge William Sylvester to postpone a preliminary hearing scheduled for November. On October 25, the preliminary hearing was set for the week of January 7.
Holmes' lawyers filed an emergency motion on November 14 to delay a pre-trial hearing, citing an unspecified condition that has left him unable to appear in court: "As a result of developments over the past 24 hours, Mr. Holmes is in a condition that renders him unable to be present in court for tomorrow's hearing." They requested to delay the hearing, which they received. It was rescheduled for December. Evidently, Holmes made various suicide attempts referred to as "half-hearted" in days before the scheduled hearing on November 15.
Holmes returned to court on January 7, 2013, at which 9-1-1 phone call recordings and videos from the cineplex were presented as evidence, information that up until then had not been released. Holmes' defense team continued to maintain that he is mentally ill. On that same day, it is reported that investigators seized four prescription bottles and immunization records from his apartment when it was searched in July 2012. It was not revealed what the prescriptions were or what they were for. The judge ultimately ruled in October that prosecutors could keep the items.
On January 10, 2013, a judge ruled that evidence is sufficient for Holmes to face trial on all counts with which he has been charged. His plea hearing was delayed until March 2013.
On March 27, 2013, Holmes's attorneys said he would be willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. On March 28, prosecutors said they are not ready to accept Holmes's offer to plead guilty and avoid the death penalty and also criticized the offer as a delibrate ploy by the defense in order to delay the start of the trial.[full citation needed]
On April 1, 2013, prosecutors announced they will seek the death penalty in a trial to start in February 2014. On May 7, 2013, Holmes's attorneys filed their intent for him to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. He made this change in his plea on May 31. On May 23, 2013, Holmes's attorneys called the state's insanity-plea rules unconstitutional. On May 29, 2013, the judge ruled about the constitutionality of the laws for insanity-plea questioned by Holmes's attorneys, concluding that the laws are not in violation of the Constitution. On June 4, 2013, the presiding judge accepted his plea of insanity defense.
On August 5, 2013, Holmes was transferred to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, Colorado. By August 20, 2013, Holmes was no longer detained at Colorado Mental Health Institute; he was transferred back to jail.
The trial, initially scheduled for October 2014, was delayed to December 8. On that date, the trial was again postponed as Holmes' lawyers asked for another continuance.
Jury selection eventually started on January 20, 2015, after a request by Holmes' lawyers for yet another continuance was denied. The juror selection process lasted three months and summonsed 9,000 candidates, making it the largest jury summons in U.S. history. On April 15, selection ended, with a total of nineteen women and five men serving. There were concerns about the selection of the jurors since at least two from the pool of twelve primary jurors, along with twelve alternatives, had ties to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre: "Juror No. 535", the aunt of a Columbine survivor; and "Juror No. 737", a man who was a student there at the time. The trial began on April 27.
On May 26, the notebook Holmes mailed to his psychiatrist hours prior to the shooting was presented as evidence. There had previously been intense debating during the preceding three years as to whether the notebook was eligible as evidence and should be admitted, since it details Holmes' thoughts. Prosecutors argued the content in Holmes' notebook, which detailed attack plans, proved the shooting was premeditated, while Holmes' attorneys argued that his writing indicated his mental illness. On May 27, Dr. William Reid, a court-appointed psychiatrist who interviewed Holmes, testified that Holmes was mentally ill but legally sane. Reid and another doctor evaluated Holmes in December 2013, and determined Holmes to be legally sane and that his mental illness did not prevent him from forming intent and knowing the consequences of his actions.
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