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


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James Holmes at his first court appearance on July 23.
July 23: Holmes appears in court for the first time, wearing a maroon colored jumpsuit and a dazed look on his face. He's advised of his rights and told he'll be held without bond. Media from all over the world reports on Holmes's orange hair and glassy-eyed expression. At some points during the hearing, Holmes appears to nod off.

July 30: Holmes is back in court, this time to be officially charged with murder. Prosecutors announce that he faces 142 counts: 24 counts of first-degree murder, 116 counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder, one count of possession of explosive devices and one sentence enhancer for a crime of violence.

October: Prosecutors add 24 more attempted murder charges related to twelve more victims, bringing the total number of counts against him to 166.

January 7, 8 and 9, 2013: Holmes is in court for a three-day preliminary hearing in which prosecutors lay out the evidence against him in the hope of proving probable cause. Read our coverage of day one, day two and day three.

January 11: Holmes is due back in court at 9 a.m. for what Judge William Sylvester called a status hearing/arraignment, which means Holmes may enter a plea. His public defenders have made many references to his "mental illness" over the past months, and he's widely expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Westword plans to attend that hearing. We'll post the outcome on Latest Word.

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "7/20 Committee offers mental health resources for those traumatized by James Holmes hearing."


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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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