Colorado Theater shooting suspect regrets massacre

Apr 27, 2015 6:53 PM by Debbie Cobb

By The Associated Press
4:35 p.m. (MDT)
James Holmes' defense attorney, Daniel King, says his client "now regrets what took place in the theater."

"There's no rational explanation for what took place," King said Monday.

In his opening statements, King described strange behavior by Holmes in a jail cell in November 2012, nearly four months after the mass shooting in Aurora.

King showed video of Holmes running head-first into a wall. He says Holmes thought President Barack Obama was communicating with him through TV, through winks and gestures.

On Nov. 11, 2012, King said, Holmes stood and fell backward in his cell, as if he were expecting to be caught.

"When asked why he fell backward off his bed, he looked at the deputy and said, 'I do not know if you are real," King said.

King said the next day, Holmes was found naked, licking walls, eating lunch meat between two paper cups. He sucked his thumb and cried.

King told the jury: "Look at the video, and you tell me if he would do this for notoriety."


4:30 p.m. (MDT)

Senate President Bill Cadman has cited Colorado theater shooter James Holmes during a discussion at the state Capitol about a bill that would create a new crime of fetal homicide.

The measure was proposed in response to an attack on a pregnant woman last month in Longmont. But Cadman says it also could be applied in the suburban Denver mass shooting.

James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people in the 2012 Aurora attack. Cadman argues it should have been 13, because a woman who survived the rampage had a miscarriage.

The Republican Senate approved the bill Monday.

Democrats oppose the measure, saying the crime of fetal homicide could put pregnant women themselves at risk for charges.


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