James Holmes, the man accused of a shooting at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and dozens injured, appeared in court as lawyers discussed how to contact victims and alert them to $4 million in donations.
Holmes allegedly opened fire on the audience at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora on July 20, killing 12 and injuring at least 58. Holmes, with dyed orange hair and wearing handcuffs and a red prison uniform, sat today with his lawyers, Daniel King and Tamara Brady. He didn’t address the court during the hearing in Centennial, Colorado.
Holmes is charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. First-degree murder is punishable by death or life in prison under Colorado law.
Judge William Sylvester agreed to let the Arapahoe County district attorney’s office ask victims whether they wished to have their contact information given to the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, which would then see whether they wanted financial assistance.
Stephen Zweck, a representative of the University of Colorado, where Holmes was a student, delivered 100 pages of educational records to the court. Sylvester scheduled a hearing for Aug. 23 to hear arguments on whether the documents can be fully reviewed by the judge and prosecutors.
Another hearing was set for Aug. 30 to discuss whether Holmes’s correspondence with psychiatrist Lynne Fenton was privileged. Defense lawyers have said Holmes saw Fenton, medical director of the student mental health service at the University of Colorado Denver, according to court papers.
The case is People v. Holmes, 12-cr-01522, 18th Judicial District Court, Colorado (Centennial).
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