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


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Caleb Medley.
Grizzle also transported Caleb Medley, a budding standup comedian who was in a coma for many weeks after the shooting. (His wife, Katie Medley, gave birth to their first child, a son named Hugo, in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.) The officer said Medley suffered significant trauma to his face that made it difficult for him to breath. The effort of inhaling made a "godawful noise," but the absence of this sound was even worse. "I kept telling him, 'Don't fucking die on me! Don't fucking die on me!" Grizzle testified.

One other shocking comment from Grizzle. According to him, "There was so much blood, I could hear it sloshing in the back of my car."

As Grizzle spoke, he became emotional. He had to stop speaking several times and could be seen wiping his eyes. Many people in the audience made the same movements during his testimony, with several people embracing each other.

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Katie and Hugo Medley.
The next person to speak was Aurora Police Sergeant Gerald Jonsgaard. He arrived at the scene within a minute or so, but rather than rushing straight to the theater, he headed for higher ground -- he was level with the theater roof -- and grabbed his rifle on the chance that he could see the shooter fleeing. Instead, he saw what he guessed was a member of a SWAT team, but instead turned out to be Holmes, who was taken into custody seconds later. He confirmed that Holmes didn't resist arrest.

With the suspect in the hands of fellow officers, Jonsgaard went inside the auditorium of the theater, where The Dark Knight Rises was still playing -- its soundtrack competing with a loud alarm. Just inside the exit, he saw an AR-15 rifle, several forty-round magazines and .223 rounds, plus a Remington shotgun. He then began searching for people in need of assistance and quickly found Veronica Moser-Sullivan. Unfortunately, she was beyond help. "I checked for a pulse. She was dead," he said.

Jonsgaard then asked another officer to take the little girl's body outside. He choked up as he recounted what happened next. "He told me later he thought he felt a pulse," the sergeant said. "But it was his own."

Eventually, Jonsgaard continued, the movie was silenced and officers pulled down the screen to make sure no one was hiding behind it. Then came the grim task of clearing victims from the theater. While doing so, he realized that the back door had been propped open about a quarter of an inch with what he described as a small piece of plastic resembling the items used to hold tablecloths on picnic tables. Later, he happened to see officers searching Holmes and noticed an identical plastic piece, suggesting that it had been on the suspect's person upon his arrest.

At this writing, the court is in recess for launch. Testimony is expected to begin again at 1:30 p.m.

Continue for earlier 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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