(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — Videos of Aurora, Colorado shooter James Holmes’ psychiatric interviews will be shown in court Thursday as part of the fourth week of the ongoing movie theater trial.
The videos are a critical piece of evidence in the case as Holmes and his attorneys have pleaded that he was not guilty by reason of insanity, while the prosecution is working to prove that he was sane when he opened fire and killed 12 people in the July 2012 shooting.
There are 22 hours of interviews in total and they were conducted at the state mental health facility in Pueblo, Colorado after his arrest.
The way in which they will be presented to the jury was a debated issue, with the prosecution successfully arguing that they be shown in parts rather than all in one, as the defense had originally hoped.
Thursday marks the 20th day of the trial and the videos have been one of the most highly anticipated pieces of evidence.
Earlier this week, the court heard from Holmes’ journal where he wrote about selecting a movie theater as the target for his shooting as opposed to an airport, which he decided had too much security.
Survivors and first responders have been among the dozens of witnesses called to testify about the scene inside the movie theater on the night of the shooting.
Holmes faces the death penalty.
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