Colorado Shooter James Holmes Trail Update: Judge Postpones Court Hearing for The Dark Knight Shooter
Aug 16, 2012 03:14 PM EDT
Judge William Sylvester granted a request for more time by prosecutors in the case of alleged Colorado shooter, James Egan Holmes. The court hearing of the 24-year-old, who allegedly opened fire during a midnight screening of the Dark Knight Rises at an Aurora movie theater, was scheduled for this week, however it has been postponed to August 23.
The court hearing is in specific regards to the journal Holmes sent to his psychiatrist before he opened fire on July 20, the notebook is said to contain all kinds of "details about how he was going to kill people," as reported by Fox News. The hearing was supposed to take place on Thursday August the 16th with regards to access of the journal. But Prosecutors told the judge Wednesday that they had over 52 DVDS and CDs and over 2,500 pages of evidence that it had to study.
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Earlier this month psychiatrist of the University of Colorado, Dr. Lynne Fenton, admitted that she had expressed concern over Holmes and had taken matters university's Behavior Evaluation and Threat Assessment. Holmes defense team also claimed that he sought professional help prior to the killing, hinting to a possible plea for temporary insanity.
Holmes has been in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility. The 24-year-old Ph.D drop-out has been charged first degree-murder on 24 counts and 116 counts of attempted murder.
Prosecutors have mentioned the possibility of pushing for the death penalty. Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers told News Day that she is considering pursuing the death penalty, but only after consulting with the victims and their families.
Holmes, who is yet to make his plea, will likely do at the next hearing.
According to the orders of District Chief Judge William Sylvester, no cameras or videos were allowed in the court and all documents will remain sealed from the public.
At mid-night on July 20, Holmes entered a packed Aurora movie house, where Dark Knight fans gathered to watch the screening of the highly anticipated movie. Holmes allegedly opened fire killing 12 people and critically injuring 59.