Police: Colo. shooting suspect planned massacre

January 9, 2013, 7:35 am


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The prosecution's final witness is expected to continue his testimony today at a hearing to determine if the Colorado theater shooting suspect should stand trial.

Detectives testified yesterday that James Holmes spent more than two months planning his attack on a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Returns." They also said he rigged an elaborate booby-trap system in his apartment to distract police from the carnage at the theater, though the traps were never sprung.

One detective testified that Holmes, after his arrest, played with the paper bags they placed on his hands to preserve gunpowder evidence, pretending they were puppets.

Lawyers for Holmes are expected to present an insanity defense as they have previously stated that their client is mentally ill.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20 massacre.

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033-c-22-(Thomas Peipert (PY'-purt), AP correspondent)-"it mixed together"-AP Correspondent Thomas Peipert reports an FBI bomb technician described an elaborate booby trap system James Holmes set up in his apartment, allegedly to pull police away from the shooting scene. (9 Jan 2013)

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028-c-19-(Dan Elliott, AP correspondent)-"an electrical outlet"-AP correspondent Dan Elliott reports at the pretrial hearing for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, a police detective testified that Holmes was acting strangely after he was taken into custody. (9 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO COEA112: This courtroom sketch shows James Holmes being escorted by a deputy as he arrives at preliminary hearing in district court in Centennial, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Investigators say Holmes opened fire during the midnight showing of the latest Batman movie on July 20, killing 12 people and wounding dozens. (AP Photo/Bill Robles, Pool) TV OUT (7 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO CODEN101: Ian Sullivan, father of 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, left, and Jessica Watts, cousin of Jonathan Blunk, head back into court, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2012, on the second day of hearings for accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes, in Centenneial, Colo. Veronica Moser-Sullivan was the youngest of the 12 people killed in the attack. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT (8 Jan 2013)

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