James Holmes: Read timeline of his actions before and after Aurora theater shooting

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Through witness testimony, prosecutors this week laid out a timeline of the actions accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes took in the months before the July 20 attack. The earliest date mentioned was April 19, when he set up a Match.com profile. The last was July 19, when Holmes allegedly took photos of himself with shock-orange hair and posing with weapons. In between, he amassed a small arsenal. Continue for a full timeline.

We've compiled this timeline based on testimony from witnesses at a preliminary hearing in Holmes's case, which took place January 7, 8 and 9. Most of the witnesses were police officers who testified about the evidence they'd accumulated against Holmes.

June 2011: Holmes, who grew up in California, enrolls at the University of Colorado Denver as a neuroscience graduate student.

April 19, 2012: Holmes creates a Match.com account whose headline eventually reads, "Will you visit me in prison?" and features photos of him with orange hair.

May 10: Holmes buys two six-ounce tear gas grenades from an online retailer, according to ATF special agent Steven Beggs, who chronicled Holmes's weapons purchases.

May 22: Holmes buys a Glock .40 caliber pistol from a Gander Mountain store.

May 28: Holmes buys a Remington 870 tactical shotgun, as well as ammunition for both the shotgun and the handgun, from a Bass Pro Shop.

June 6: Holmes buys two pairs of handcuffs, a military first-aid kit and road stars meant to puncture tires from an online retailer.

June 7: Holmes fails his oral exams at the University of Colorado. Prosecutor Karen Pearson has said that his poor performance on those key exams is "very much relevant to what happened afterward."

Continue to read more of the James Holmes timeline before and after the July 20 Aurora theater shooting.


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mike_k
mike_k

i dont mean to give him credit here but this terrorist was friggen brilliant, the way he trapped his house was a way that would have destroyed the entire building and therefore mass murder..... but he chose to explain all of this.....why???

and why do people do crazy crap like this, this "thing" is disgusting and so is what he did

Debbie Byers Phillips
Debbie Byers Phillips

EVERYtime the media shows his face and gives him the spotlight it gives the next wacka doodle that much more reason to carry out another horrible event. Some people are so mentally unstable they think this is just great and want to be the next "one" to create the media spotlight around them.... STOP IT!!! Show a dark silhouette and put "the shooter"

Lisa Hill
Lisa Hill

Please stop showing his stupid face!!!

Lisa Wolf DeWitt
Lisa Wolf DeWitt

Why don't you show a picture of a different victim each time you run a story on the theater shooting? Or pictures of first responders or those wounded? Or even just a black box. Other news outlets are taking pains not to show his photo so much and obviously, your readers would like you to do the same.

Hillary Leftwich
Hillary Leftwich

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS. He is getting off every tine you post his pic. Way to make a mass murderer feel good about himself.

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Hi. I think you need to stop showing the shooter's picture and name as you seem to enjoy doing. You KNOW you don't have to have that picture on every article. You don't have to use his name. You don't have to glamorize him. BUT YOU DO. You are losing faithful readers left and right based on your refusal to listen to them. No one wants to see him, no one wants to read his name. PLEASE listen to your readers and do something!

Harmonie Marshall
Harmonie Marshall

I agree. People have requested that Westword stop showing his picture, but they don't seem to take that into consideration.

Michelle Shell
Michelle Shell

^^ I agree... Please STOP displaying his picture!!

Lisa Wolf DeWitt
Lisa Wolf DeWitt

you know, I bet you could share that info w/out posting his picture. Are you getting some kind of payoff for everytime you show him?

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