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."


Follow me on Twitter @MelanieAsmar or e-mail me at melanie.asmar@westword.com

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