Before he killed 12 people in a crowded Colorado movie theater, James Holes hoped he would be remembered for his achievements in school.
Then Brauchler, who has to prove the jury that Homes who legally sane during the two days in question, asked if Holmes met the definition of legal sanity. During the process, jurors watched a lengthy, videotaped psychiatric examination. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Reid: What about the psychiatry with Fenton made the fear go away? Judge Samour rejected defense attorneys’ second request for a mistrial Wednesday, June 3, 2015, over video shown in court of a psychiatrist’s interview with gunman James Holmes.
Later this month, defense will have a chance to call its own doctor and mental health experts to the stand. But for now, Reid is the prosecution’s star witness. Reid says he doesn’t doubt that Holmes is and was mentally ill, but he was sane enough to know that what he was doing was wrong.
The doctors asked, “Can you tell me a tiny more?”
In between the portions of the video that was played on Wednesday, Reid testified that Holmes’s actions leading up to a massacre were rational, including booby-trapping his apartment to divert emergency responders.
In short, reluctance answers, Holmes tells a psychiatrist who evaluated him for the court that he felt nothing as he took aim at fleeing moviegoers.
Early on, Holmes’ responses are odd and absurd.
Calm and collected is also how he described donning a gas mask, turning up the music on his wireless headphones, stepping into the theater and throwing a tear gas canister into the crowd.
James Holmes was examined by a psychiatrist, who says Holmes expresses sadness when he learned a child dies in the attack.
“At that point, I’m on autopilot”, he says in an eerily flat and expressionless voice. The injured don’t count.
Holmes said, “The people are hiding behind the seats.”
Public defender Kristen Nelson argued that a video played in court, in which Holmes described details of the crime to court-appointed psychiatrist William Reid, violated his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
But, in what may be demining evidence, Holmes eventually admits on tape he knew what he was doing was wrong legally, that he withheld plan of the attack from others because he didn’t want to be stopped.
The FBI never showed up, despite Holmes’ suspicions that agents were watching him.
Reid said, ‘I don’t believe he had a serious psychotic break prior to the shootings.’
James Holmes lingered outside a suburban Denver movie theater for a moment of two, thinking that someone at a mental health hotline might talk him out of killing people he didn’t know, or that the FBI might swoop in and….
That victim was 6-year-old Veronica Moser. Some aspects of the footage could help the defense, as Holmes sticks to his story that he shot theatergoers as part of a mission, an alleged manifestation of his schizophrenia. But Craig Silverman, a ex- deputy district attorney who’s following the case, says they must attack Reid’s credibility.
Reid said, “It’s very clear to me that he had the capacity to form that kind of intent.”