Aurora theater shooting hearing, day 3: James Holmes took photos of himself dressed to kill

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James Holmes.
Editor's note: Melanie Asmar is covering day three of the preliminary hearing into the July 20 Aurora theater shooting allegedly committed by James Holmes.

Sergeant Matthew Fyles continued his testimony by displaying photos James Holmes took of himself and the future crime scene.

Among the images pulled from Holmes's iPhone were two shots taken on June 29 of what appeared to be the interior of the Century 16 theater, where the attack that killed twelve people and injured seventy others took place. One of the photos was of a door jamb and its hinges, presumably to show "how the door operates," Fyles said.

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The Aurora Century 16, where the shooting took place.
Also displayed were photos of a small plastic piece used to hold tablecloths on picnic tables; previous testimony made note of them. The piece was covered with aquamarine duct tape. Subsequent photos taken by police after the assault showed that what appears to be the same plastic piece was used to prevent the exit door from locking, thereby allowing re-entry.

Another photo from Holmes's iPhone depicted the outside of the theater at night and the purple exit doors. The image was taken at 11:30 p.m. on July 5. And at 12:28 a.m. on July 11, he took another photo of the exit doors.

On July 16 at 8:27 p.m., Holmes apparently took a photo of a table in the living-room of his apartment. The image focused on a small, blond-wood kitchen table with a matching chair. On the table was a potted plant, as well as wires, canisters, bottles and a roll of the aquamarine duct tape. Nine homemade bombs connected by a yellow cord could also be seen on the carpet.

Continue for more coverage of day three of the Aurora theater shooting preliminary hearing.



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16 comments
Mark Ball
Mark Ball

Does it really matter if he gets notoriety? dude's rotting in a jail cell and won't ever get out, let him think whatever he wants. The important thing is that he is no longer a threat to anyone. Who gives a shit what ANYONE thinks of this guy, just don't let him out and be done with it. If you don't wanna see his stupid face then I guess delete all your Colorado news feeds.

Pat Lewis
Pat Lewis

^ Sarah's right! Only you guys paid attention to his name :-/ Westword doesnt give a crap who the criminal is, they just write the article.

Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown

Maybe some of you should delete westword as your "friend" if you don't enjoy their take on stories. Good info Westword!

Merredith Branscombe
Merredith Branscombe

YES. Call him the thug, the AssHat, call them all Voldemort for all I care. Just stop giving them notoriety. Research has repeatedly shown that these losers who feel unseen and unheard watch the excitement, the repeated naming of someone who was harmless, suddenly made threatening, and want to emulate it. They want that whole, "say my name" thing. So -- yeah, stop saying their names, especially the kingpins and the terrorists.

Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

Would the butthurt reactionaries above have applied such a mindset towards bin Laden or any international drug kingpin wanted for major crimes?

The Anti-Notoriety Campaign
The Anti-Notoriety Campaign

The other commenters are right. DO NOT GIVE NOTORIETY TO THESE ASSAILANTS. Make it a policy! All the media need to make it a policy. It can only mean more harm in the future when the name and photo and details of these people are perpetuated.

Merredith Branscombe
Merredith Branscombe

I really, really wish you all would stop naming him. Just calling him "the shooter," or, "the loony" or even "the A$$ Hat" works just fine without adding to his uh, "legend."

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@icetrout  

He'll most likely do it himself once the proper opportunity presents itself ....

dcCU
dcCU

as they should, informative, objective...

dcCU
dcCU

why? because he looks better than you? stop putting your comments on our news feed. now doesnt that sound ridiculous? it is a freee country and press, deal with it!

dcCU
dcCU

ur saying his name and giving him notoriety by speaking of him even in derogatory terms. there must be some concern u feel or you would not reply. you dont even know all the facts yet you and others are so quick to condemn. what is wrong with your and others thinking?

dcCU
dcCU

ur comparing apples to oranges! what does that have to do with the price of tea in China. stay on topic.

dcCU
dcCU

a policy to suppress free speech! ur a moron sad to say...how bout a policy made to not let you express your comment? see how dumb that sounds, think before you write please!

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