There is no question who committed the Aurora Theater Massacre. The only questions remaining is the mental state of the defendant at the time and whether or not he should be put to death. James Holmes’ personal spiral notebook is being examined by Prosecutors and Defense lawyers in this death penalty case. The notebook contains a plan for a “mass murder spree” which considers theaters and times to attack for “maximum casualties”. The notebook also contains some hints to James Holmes mental condition including multiple pages filled with the words “Why?” Prosecutors in this case are trying to argue that Holmes intentionally planned and executed a heinous attack on civilians. This theory is backed up by a court-ordered examination by psychiatrist Dr. William Reid. Reid states that “Whatever he suffered from, it did not prevent him from forming the intent and knowing what he was doing and the consequences of what he was doing.” The defense is arguing that the notebook shows a man who was delusional and intent to call their own experts who will argue Mr. Holmes was in a state of “florid psychosis” the night of the shootings. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in Colorado criminal defense. If you have been charged with a crime, call our office today for a free consultation.
Cite: Jack Healy, The New York Time, May 28, 2015