Is James Holmes pleading not guilty by reason of insanity?
Will the jury see all the photos of the crime scene?
Do you remember the day you heard about the Colorado movie theater massacre? It sounded more like a scene from the movie, Dark Night Rises, then something that would happen in real life.
The whole county looked on in disbelief as we watched police find and arrest James Holmes, the once neuroscience doctoral candidate.
James Holmes is the man who walked into a midnight showing of the movie, Dark Night Rises, in Colorado and opened fire killing 12 people and injuring 70.
The jury summonses have been sent out and soon the trial will be under way. Today, we are updating you on the recent events of the trial and what we will see unfolding when the trial starts.
Colorado Movie Theater Massacre Trial Jury Selections Begin January 2015
According to the Chicago Tribune, over 9000 jury summonses were sent out this month. Jury selections are set to begin in January and opening statements are being prepared to start in late May or early June 2015.
James Holmes’ Parents Plea For His Life
James Holmes’ parents broke their silence this month when they plead for the life of their son. They said that James is “not a monster”, should be spared the death penalty and have begged for their son to be sent to a mental institution instead of being executed.
Holmes has been charged with multiple counts of third degree murder and attempted murder.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty according to the Detroit News for the July 20, 2012, massacre.
James has plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
Jury Will See Most Graphic Images of Crime Scene
Recently the judge who is overseeing the trial has ruled that most, but not all photos of the crime scene will be shown to the jury.
Holme’s defense lawyers have argued that the photos could “prejudice” the jury against Holmes. Prosecutors believe that the photos are necessary to make their case against Holmes.
Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour decided in favor of the prosecutors says that the photos and video are allowable because they portray the aftermath of the crimes the defendant has been charged.
“They are not rendered inadmissible simply because they present vividly to the jurors the details of the shocking crimes charged,” Samour wrote. – The Detroit News
Some of the photos will not be included for example a photo that showed a survivor’s massive abdominal injuries. Any of the photos or videos that will be showed in the trial must be proved necessary by the prosecutors.
Bringing it Home
The Colorado Movie Theater Massacre has touched the hearts of an entire nation. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of all those affected by this massacre.
Whether or not James Holmes will be convicted and receive the death penalty or will be sent to a mental institution remains to be seen.
What do you think? Will those photos be too gruesome for the jury? Let me know what you think of Judge Carlos Samour’s decision to allow the jury to see most of the photos and videos in the comment section below.