This courtroom sketch shows James Holmes being escorted by a deputy as he arrives at a preliminary hearing in district court in Centennial, Colo., on Jan. 7.(Photo: Bill Robles, AP)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- After three days of testimony against theater
shooting suspect James Holmes, a judge ruled late Thursday that there
is ample evidence for him to face trial for the July movie theater
shooting spree that killed 12 people and injured nearly 60.
County District Judge William Sylvester ordered a Friday arraignment
hearing for Holmes, who faces more than 160 felony charges, virtually
all for first-degree murder and attempted murder. Sylvester said that
"the proof is evident or the presumption is great that (Holmes)
committed the crimes charged."
Holmes, 25, remains held without
bond. His defense team, while has frequently suggested an insanity
defense, filed motions to delay the arraignment hearing.
PDF: Official court document
County prosecutors had presented overwhelming evidence against Holmes
during the three-day hearing, including records that showed he had
purchased guns used in the July 20 shooting, theater surveillance video
showing him entering the movie complex about a half-hour before the
shootings, and self-portraits taken with a cellphone just hours
The pictures showed Holmes grinning, sticking out his
tongue out and wearing black contact lenses while he held a handgun,
assault rifle and homemade bomb. The last picture was of the array of
weapons, tactical gear and munitions he began acquiring from local
sporting goods stores and Internet dealers two months before the
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Aurora police also found photos on Holmes' cellphone
that showed he had cased out the theater at least three times in the
weeks before the attack.
Arapahoe County prosecutor Karen Pearson
had said the photos, video, records of purchasing weapons and ammunition
and other evidence show "deliberation and extreme indifference. ... He
knew what he was doing.''
"He picked a perfect venue for his
crime, where people were packed in and where there would be great
difficulty for escape,'' she said Wednesday. "Had his (assault rifle)
not jammed, he would have shot a lot more people. He had ample
ammunition to do so."
Police said earlier in the hearing that Holmes purchased a ticket online July 8 for the July 20 midnight showing ofThe Dark Knight Rises.
Tuesday, prosecutors played theater surveillance video that showed
Holmes entering the theater shortly past midnight. Police say he later
exited an emergency door, propped it open and went to his car in the
rear parking lot, where he dressed in tactical gear and armed himself.
He then returned to the building and opened fire on the crowded theater.
Survivors of the shooting who attended this week's hearing said they were startled by Holmes' demeanor in the cellphone photos.
shows he had planned this all along, that he knew what he was doing,''
said Yousef Gharbi, who was shot in the right temple. He recalls wiping
away blood before passing out. He later awoke in the hospital.
17-year-old high school senior came to court hoping to learn Holmes'
motive. He didn't come away from the hearings with any answers, but says
he hopes Holmes doesn't escape prison or a death sentence by pleading