Anthony Meoli: I Paid $1,650 for Aurora Theater Shooting Pellet to Help Carli Richards

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Anthony Meoli gives a television interview in 2013.
Earlier today, we told you that the birdshot pellet put up for sale by Aurora theater shooting survivor Carli Richards sold for the asking price of $1,650. Westword has since spoken with the man who bought it, Georgia-based forensic consultant Anthony Meoli.

Meoli says he bought the pellet to help Richards, who has struggled financially since the shooting. All proceeds went to her. "I don't look at it like a grisly souvenir," Meoli says. "The point here is to understand that victims need to be helped."

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Update: Collector Buys Pellet That Hit Aurora Theater Shooting Survivor Carli Richards

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Theater shooting survivor Carli Richards is selling a shotgun pellet online.
Update: Shortly after the publication of our post about Aurora theater shooting survivor Carli Richards deciding to sell a pellet removed from her body after being wounded by gunman James Holmes, we received word via e-mail from SerialKillersInk.net owner Eric Holler revealing that the pellet had been purchased by "a well-known criminologist and author out of Atlanta." Holler adds, "Carli is very happy and so am I. Feel good story, ya know?" Continue to see our previous coverage.

Original post, 5:50 a.m.: Aurora theater shooting survivor Carli Richards was hit with 22 birdshot pellets on July 20, 2012 as she fled from a black-clad gunman who entered the theater and opened fire. Now, Richards is selling one of the pellets recovered from her body for $1,650.

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James Holmes Trial, Day 1: Cell-Phone Rule Breakers, Juror Who May Have Been Asleep

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The courtroom where the jury selection for the James Holmes trial took place today. More courtroom photos below.
The first batch of prospective jurors in the Aurora theater shooting case reported for jury duty this afternoon. They listened to introductory remarks about the case from Judge Carlos Samour and then filled out an eighteen-page questionnaire that will help the judge and attorneys choose who will serve on the jury.

Today's session means the trial of James Holmes, who is accused of murdering twelve people and injuring seventy more by opening fire in an Aurora movie theater in July 2012, is officially underway. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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James Holmes Trial: Previewing the Start of Jury Selection

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The empty jury box in the courtroom where James Holmes will be tried.
Jury selection in the trial of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes is scheduled to start the afternoon of Tuesday, January 20, when the first 250 of 9,000 summoned prospective jurors will report to the courthouse. Out of those 9,000, 24 people -- twelve jurors and twelve alternates -- will be chosen. The process of selecting them is expected to take several months.

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James Holmes Trial Will Start on January 20 and That's That, Judge Rules

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James Holmes and defense attorney Daniel King in court in June 2013.
In October, Judge Carlos Amour, who's overseeing the Aurora theater shooting case, agreed to push back the start of jury selection to January 20, 2015 -- the fifth postponement overall. But he refused to move the time for opening statements beyond its previous early June schedule.

That didn't stop Holmes's defense team from requesting yet another delay. To that, Samour has offered a simple answer: no.

See also: James Holmes Case: Jury Selection Delayed for Fifth Time, Expected to Take Months, published on October 28

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James Holmes Case: Jury Selection Delayed for Fifth Time, Expected to Take Months

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James Holmes with co-lead defense attorney Daniel King during a 2013 hearing.
Last week, attorneys representing accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes requested yet another delay in jury selection, which had been set for December 8 -- and prosecutors didn't object. That put Judge Carlos Samour, who's overseeing the case, in a difficult position. But while he's now agreed to push back the trial's start to January 20, he insists that opening statements will take place as previously envisioned -- by early June. Continue for photos, details and Samour's latest ruling in its entirety.

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James Holmes Case: Prosecutors Okay With Another Trial Postponement

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James Holmes during a June 2013 court hearing. Additional photos and more below.
Earlier this week, we reported about a motion filed by the defense team representing accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes asking for the current December 8 trial start date to be pushed back. Prosecutors have now responded, and they raise no objections to the request, making it likely that the proceedings won't get underway until 2015 -- well over two years after the original crime. We've got both documents and more below.

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James Holmes' Lawyers Want Aurora Theater Shooting Trial Date Pushed Back -- Again

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James Holmes with co-lead defense attorney Daniel King during a 2013 hearing.
The trial of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes has already been postponed twice -- and now, Holmes's defense team is hoping to convince the judge in the case to push it back a third time. The reason, according to a document filed yesterday and on view below, is the need for additional time to review a second sanity evaluation of Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Asking Aurora Victims to Control Emotions When Testifying is "Insulting," Prosecutors Say

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A screen capture from a video of the makeshift memorial for the shooting victims.
Update: Prosecutors in the James Holmes case say it's "unprecedented," "insulting" and "unnecessary" for the judge to tell victims of the Aurora theater shooting to control their emotions while testifying at the trial of James Holmes, the accused gunman. Holmes's defense attorneys filed a motion last week asking Judge Carlos Samour to do just that.

Continue to read more about Holmes's original motion and prosecutors' response.

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Report: Aurora's Response to Theater Shooting Saved Lives But Better Communication Needed

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The Aurora theater where the shooting took place.
This may be one of the most important conclusions in a review of Aurora's response to the July 2012 theater shooting: "No one died who could have been saved."

However, the report does point out that several aspects of the police, fire, paramedic and public information response were problematic or could have been handled better. Among the biggest: Communication between the police and fire department command staff was inadequate. For example, fire personnel didn't know that a suspect had been arrested

Continue for a summary of the key points, as well as the full report.

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