Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Colorado theater shooter’s parents endure trial’s details


 In this Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, Arlene Holmes, left, mother of James Holmes who is charged in the killing of 12 moviegoers and the wounding of 70 others in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in Aurroa, Colo., on July 20, 2012, leaves the courtroom after a pre-trial readiness hearing in Centennial, Colo., in the murder trial of her son. After more than two months of testimony in the trial, new details have been revealed to show the strained relationship that had developed between Holmes, his parents and sister leading up to the massacre in the theatre. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File

In this Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, Arlene Holmes, left, mother of James Holmes who is charged in the killing of 12 moviegoers and the wounding of 70 others in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in Aurroa, Colo., on July 20, 2012, leaves the courtroom after a pre-trial readiness hearing in Centennial, Colo., in the murder trial of her son. After more than two months of testimony in the trial, new details have been revealed to show the strained relationship that had developed between Holmes, his parents and sister leading up to the massacre in the theatre. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes’ parents show up in court every day. But more than two months into his trial, their son has yet to turn around and acknowledge them.

His remoteness cuts to the heart of his insanity defense over the July 2012 attack that killed 12 and injured 70.

Prosecutors say Holmes held his parents at a distance to conceal his murderous plans. Defense attorneys say the fraying family ties show a delusional man who couldn’t bear revealing his struggle.

Holmes’ parents have made few public statements since the attack. But Arlene Holmes says in a book she prays for the victims and feels self-guilt.

They may be called to testify at sentencing if the jury convicts their son, who they say has mental illness.

SADIE GURMAN

Source: AP

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