A Look at the Court Case Against James Holmes

Created: 07/19/2013 11:28 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes
Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes
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The case so far against James Holmes, and a look at what's to come:
    
July 20, 2012 - A person wearing a mask hurls a gas canister and begins firing into a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Holmes is arrested behind Aurora's Century 16 theater, standing quietly next to his car.
    
July 23 - His hair dyed a blazing reddish-orange, Holmes appears in court for the first time.
    
Oct. 11 - Prosecutors finalize the charges against Holmes: 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder, two counts for each victim. He's also charged with one count of possession of explosives and one of committing a crime of violence.
    
Nov. 13 or 15 - Holmes is taken to a hospital psychiatric ward because he is considered a danger to himself, his lawyers say. They later reveal Holmes was hospitalized a second time for "potential self-inflicted head injuries."
    
Jan. 10, 2013- Judge rules there's enough evidence to try Holmes on all counts.
    
March 13 - Judge enters a not guilty plea on Holmes' behalf after defense says he isn't ready to enter a plea.
    
April 1 - Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty.
    
May 13 - Holmes' lawyers ask the judge for permission to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.
    
June 4 - Judge accepts insanity plea and orders Holmes to undergo a mental evaluation.
    
Sept. 16 - Deadline for Colorado Mental Health Institute to submit report on Holmes' sanity.
    
Feb. 3, 2014: Trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection. As many as 5,000 prospective jurors will be summoned. Judge has set aside four months for trial.

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