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The shooter from Colorado who killed a dozen people in a movie theater and injured many others was most likely sane at the time of the attack, according to the psychiatrist who made the evaluation.
James Eagar Holmes, 28, has become famous for the 2012 Aurora shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 others wounded at a Center Movie Theater on the 20th of July 2012. It was a massacre that shocked the entire nation.
Holmes went for an insanity plea after the attack and his lawyers tried to gather evidence in this direction.
The court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. William Reid testified as the first expert witness about Holmes sanity when the massacre occurred. The prosecutors called Dr. Reid to give an account of his observations on Thursday, May 28th. The psychiatrist said that even if Holmes was mentally ill, the requirements for insanity could not be met under the stipulations of Colorado law.
Dr. Reid pointed out that in spite of his mental state, this “did not prevent him from forming intent and knowing the consequences of what he was doing.”
He stated that Holmes had a mental illness but he also had the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong on the night he opened fire on so many innocent people. Dr. Reid also said that the shooter had the mental capacity to ” form the intent to act after deliberation, and to act knowingly” and that he met the current legal definition of sanity.
However, Reid admitted that he evaluated Holmes at a time when many things had changed after the attack. The accused experienced a mental breakdown not long after the murder spree, in November 2012. He was then sent to a Denver hospital, where he received treatment.
The defense lawyers requested a mistrial but their arguments were not strong enough to convince the judge. However, they are expected to ask other psychiatrists to come to the witness stand. Hopefully for them, they will testify that their client was insane.
It is quite clear that prosecutors want James Holmes executed and they have been seeking the death penalty since April 1st 2013.
The jurors are to watch the whole interview Dr. Reid had with Holmes in order to decide whether he was insane at the time of the shooting. The interview lasts 22 hours. They have already heard part of it. At one point, Reid said that he sometimes cries before going to sleep, thinking about what he has done.
Dr. Reid was asked to evaluate Holmes because Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ruled that the previous state-ordered review of his mental health was not accurate. Dr. Jeffrey Metzner, who was the first one to evaluate Holmes in December 2013, also came to the conclusion that he was sane from the legal point of view.
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