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Aurora theater shooting hearing: James Holmes's eyes lit up, said victim's dad

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Editor's note: Melanie Asmar is covering today's preliminary hearing into the July 20 Aurora theater shooting allegedly committed by James Holmes. The latest update is immediately below, followed by previous coverage.

January 7, 5:28 p.m.: The final portion of the hearing began with testimony by the two forensic pathologists who performed autopsies on the twelve people who died in the shooting.

First to speak was Dr. Kelly Lear-Kaul. She and her colleague, Arapahoe County coroner Michael Doberson, each performed autopsies on six of the twelve victims. They talked about where each victim was shot, how many times they were struck, and the injury that proved fatal for each.

For example, Veronica Moser-Sullivan -- at age six, the youngest victim -- was shot a total of four times.

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Michael Doberson.
In cross-examining Doberson and Lear-Kaul, Daniel King, Holmes's defense attorney, raised an unusual subject in relation to their conclusion that the manner of each death was homicide. King wanted it made clear that the homicide ruling would not preclude a jury from finding that Holmes was insane at the time of the incident.

"You're not rendering an opinion on what the mental state of that person was?" King asked Doberson, to which the coroner replied, "No."

The pathologists were followed to the stand by Aurora Detective Todd Fredericksen, who testified about interviewing several of the victims in the days and weeks after the July 20 shooting. He noted that one person wound up losing his leg because of the attack, while both Ashley Moser, mother of Veronica Moser-Sullivan, and Steffon Moton, one of the last victims named, were left paralyzed by their injuries.

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Farrah Soudani.
Fredericksen also provided an extremely graphic description of what happened to Farrah Soudani, whose enormous medical costs were defrayed in part by donors from the website theCHIVE.com.

Soudani survived and was at the courthouse for the hearing, although not in the courtroom itself. Instead, she stayed in an overflow room where the proceedings were broadcast on a video monitor. The reason, according to her father, Sam Soudani, who did sit in the courtroom, was because "she does not want to see" Holmes.

After a long and difficult day of wrenching testimony, Sam Soudani was emotionally spent. "I don't know if I could come tomorrow," he said, referencing "the agony of sitting and watching."

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Alex Teves.
Holmes did not appear to be especially engaged at today's hearing. There weren't any regular conversations between him and his counsel, for instance. But Tom Teves, whose son Alex Teves died at the Aurora Century 16, said at the hearing's conclusion that he thought Holmes's eyes lit up when prosecutors described what had taken place.

Teves subsequently called the accused shooter a "coward," but stressed that the testimony was "not about Holmes. It was about the police, who took care of those poor people."

Continue for more coverage of today's Aurora theater shooting preliminary hearing.



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23 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Ms Asmar, I understand you are merely doing your job w/ the daily updates ( what I'd give to be in your shoes ), but I hope for your sake he pleads out and there isn't a trial . I've sat through a cpl lasting longer than three months & it wasn't easy to say the least . Prelim's are cake . EVERYTHING is fascinating ! Emotion is at %110 non-stop ! Should this actually go to trial, invest in '5-Hour/Energy' . You'll need it, trust me . The + for you is a guaranteed 'Best Seller' IF you write the book while continuing the pieces of the hearings for WW . You may burn out if not . It has the potential of surpassing a year . Ask Patricia for an extra press pass . I wouldn't miss a day for the opportunity to co-write the novel ...

With the EVIL Chambers leaving office, the time hasn't presented itself for a decision from the new Arapahoe D.A. . Suicide is ALWAYS a possibility as well . Meanwhile, hygiene updates are most unnecessary . We can all 'imagine' the guy's sweating . 'Sweating Bullets', for that matter ...

timothy_carrier
timothy_carrier

Sounding more and more like the conspiracy theories are just theories

Nicole Mills
Nicole Mills

BLOOD AND POPCORN... good name for a band!

Tracey Nichols
Tracey Nichols

DEAD...KILL IT! We need the news but not his demented mug!

Chris Hayen
Chris Hayen

@Matt I said nothing about the image. I just made a comment about the first poster who didn't bother to read the article and just felt the need to complain.

Matt Mega C
Matt Mega C

@JAck I know you like your boyfriends pic all over the place but he isn't really that cool.

Dave Cleland
Dave Cleland

quit showing me pictures of this guy all the time!

Hillary Leftwich
Hillary Leftwich

Agreed. This is getting as bad as The Enquirer posting the other evil bastard's photo.

Matt Mega C
Matt Mega C

Then show the people at court who are testifying, but not that pathetic pile of refuse. It does not deserve the celebrity status that the Westword has given him.

Chris Hayen
Chris Hayen

The article is about the testimonies today at the preliminary hearing.

Alma Meeker
Alma Meeker

Is it really necessary to report how much James Holmes was sweating in court today? Is that actually relevant to anything? I understand this is a media circus, but can you actually do your job and report the facts rather than sensationalizing every little detail? People died here. These are people's lives. Have some respect.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Thank you so much for the Holmes' hygiene update . WW readers WANT TO KNOW !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 James Holmes was dripping with sweat

Mass murder is hard work ... just ask G aWol Bu$h and Dick Cheney


mike_k
mike_k

@Hillary Leftwich which one, there have been any in recent years, for example klebold and harris from columbine

mike_k
mike_k

@Dennis Scalf if only that were legall

mike_k
mike_k

@Alma Meeker i agree in full, but this is the media after all

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You left out the OBomber. Oh, that's right, you've been in an alcoholic stupor since 2008, huh lush?

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