January 7th, 2013
01:20 AM ET

Prosecutors set to unveil evidence in Colorado theater shooting

Twelve people walked into a Colorado movie theater late one July night, expecting to enjoy a special midnight screening of the Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

They didn't walk out.

Their deaths - and injuries to dozens of others - came after a man dressed head to toe in protective tactical gear sprayed the Century 16 theater in Aurora with bullets from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol, weapons police discovered at the scene.

On Monday, many grisly details of what happened could be presented in a Colorado court at a preliminary hearing for the shooting suspect, James Holmes.

Now 25, Holmes faces 166 charges, including murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses, tied to the July 20 rampage.

Bits and pieces emerged from police and witnesses shortly after the massacre. One was that Holmes had colored his hair red and told police he was "the Joker," one of Batman's archenemies, according to a federal law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation.

But much information has been kept under wraps, especially after Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester issued a gag order to prevent defense lawyers, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies from disclosing certain information to the media.

That could change after this week's hearing, which is expected to last several days.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Mary

    In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
    The Pharmaceutical industry does not create cures, they create customers!
    Holmes apparently had been seeing at least three psychiatrists and, at a minimum, had been diagnosed with “Dysphoric Mania.” What the public has not been told is what co cktail of mind-altering drugs had his team of psychiatrists prescribed and at what levels.
    Also, Dysphoric Mania is typically treated with a mood stablizer such as an antipsychotic
    Lets not forget other meds given to deal with the "side affects" ;)
    Good morning all

    January 7, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
    The Pharmaceutical industry does not create cures, they create customers!

    January 7, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Holmes apparently had been seeing at least three psychiatrists and, at a minimum, had been diagnosed with “Dysphoric Mania.”

    January 7, 2013 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Also, Dysphoric Mania is typically treated with a mood stabilizer such as an antipsychotic

    January 7, 2013 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Lets not forget other meds given to deal with the "side affects" ;)
    Good morning all

    January 7, 2013 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Btw, Thanks Cnn for forcing me to break-up my comment in order to get it to post.

    January 7, 2013 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Nevertheless, Mary, I will not give up Bayer aspirin.

    January 7, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    Thank God for the judge's gag order or this "trial" would turn into a circus! Was the shooter guilty? ...probably yes. Was he sane? ....probably not. Will he be execututed? ....Probably not. Will he be locked up for ever? ...probably yes!

    January 7, 2013 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    @ JIF, Bayer asprin (heroin) is childs play when in comparison to these SSRI's.

    January 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Mary.
      Bayer aspirin isn't heroin.
      Bayer sold both aspirin AND heroin, but they were two completely different products.

      January 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I should add that it was about 100 years ago when Bayer sold heroin as a medication, and of course it doesn't do so today; that should be obvious.

      January 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Mary, what is the ingredient in Bayer aspirin that makes you claim that is like heroin? I know of none and Bayer asprin is no different from generic aspirin. I am also going to ask my husband if he ever heard of such a claim. He is a well respected MD who provides aspirin therapy to many of his patients. As a result many have been saved from having Cardiovascular problems. Also remember that people first go to the internet to self-diagnose and just because its on the internet doesn't make it so.

      January 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @dazzle:
      I outlined above where she got the erroneous idea from... that and drinking too much kool-ade.
      That stuff is poison.

      January 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      My mistake @ JIF, the sentence should have read "asprin and or heroin – both being addi ctive

      January 7, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nonsense.
      Asprin isn't addictive.
      Some brands have caffeine in them, and that's addictive; aspirin, in and of itself, isn't.
      Please stop spreading misinformation.

      January 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    @ PT, Why are Americans so excepting of "gagging" the truth? Why are they so excepting of having the DOJ's version of the truth fed to them?

    January 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy, thank you for your research. My concern about such a statement is that people will believe it and to my knowledge it is a plant of an erroneous statement but I will await Mary's response.

      January 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Mary, now that is a false statement about aspirin being addictive. The only OTC item that is as addictive as heroin is nicotine. If you've ever smoked and tried to quit, I'm sure it is like a scene out of The Manchurian Candidate.

      January 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Dewar's?

    January 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Not me @ 7:23
    Good nite troll
    My last post of the evening ... get it ?

    January 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      So I take it you're not going to address the false information you're putting out there?
      Typical. Get it?

      January 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Good grief, pulpit envy i think!

    January 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |