The first day of the preliminary hearing in the case of the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting was emotional and taxing for police officers who testified about their experience responding to the bloody shooting and is likely to be the beginning of several days in court that promise to be similar.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are presenting evidence in a Centennial, Colo., courtroom in case of James Eagan Holmes, 24, who was charged in July with 142 counts of murder and attempted murder in a mass murder at a July 20 midnight screening of The Dark Knight Returns that killed 12 people and injured 58.
At the conclusion of the hearing he is expected to find out if he will stand trial for his actions.
At the opening of the hearing on Monday that is expected to last the entire week, prosecutors presented evidence to Arapahoe County judge William Sylvester, who will decide whether the 24-year-old former neuroscience student is mentally competent to stand trial. Early in the day’s testimony, Holmes was described as “out of it” by the officer who found him after the shooting, according to reports from The Denver Post.
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