Pre-Trial Continues For James Holmes in Aurora Movie Theater Shooting

Category: US Society / Jan 08, 2013 1:13PM EDT
The Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appeared in court again on Monday as the preliminary hearing for the case continues. In the packed courtroom of Arapahoe County, two of the first four police officers who testified broke down in tears on the witness stand as they recalled the bloody scene. Holmes sat motionless and without emotion throughout the hearing. Victims and family members were the first to testify at this week-long preliminary hearing, including Sam Soudani, whose 23-year-old daughter Farrah was critically injured in the shooting. This was Soudani's first time to see James Holmes in person. "Trash. I mean, honestly, you sit there, you look at a person and when you see there is no more humanity left anymore, you don't look at him as a person, you really don't. I took a glimpse at him there - I don't feel hate or anger toward him. I just don't feel anything toward him," Soudani said. Holmes faces 166 charges resulting from a shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater which left 12 people dead and 58 wounded. At this preliminary hearing, prosecutors showed video surveillance footage of James Holmes inside the theater that night and people running to escape. Legal experts say the prosecution has to convince Judge William Sylvester this week over the existence of 'probable cause'. "The charges involve elements such as 'intentionally', 'after deliberation', 'with extreme indifference to human life'. All of those are elements by which the prosecutor has to put on enough evidence to show that there's 'probable cause' to believe he committed those crimes and that the prosecution can meet those elements," according to Karen Steinhauser , an attorney and adjunct professor at the University of Denver Law School. Meanwhile, James Holmes' attorneys hope enough evidence will be presented this week to support an insanity defense. Judge Sylvester will decide after the preliminary hearing whether the case will go to trial or not. Holmes broke into a Century 16 theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora shortly after midnight on June 20, during the opening screening of the blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises". He fired into the crowd with multiple weapons, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. He made his first appearance in court shortly after the massacre and faces 166 charges, including murder and attempted murder.