Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

D.A. letter warns Holmes’ victims about ‘difficult’ information in upcoming hearing

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office sent letters to the survivors and the family members of the Aurora movie theater shooting warning them about the information they may hear at the upcoming preliminary hearing.

The letter states: “Carefully consider whether or not you think that you are ready to be exposed to potentially difficult information at the hearing.”

At the preliminary hearing a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to pursue a criminal trial against Holmes on the 166 counts he is charged with. The hearing is scheduled to begin January 7 and may take several weeks.

According to the D.A.’s letter, only law enforcement and medical personnel will be called to testify at the hearing. No victims or family members of those killed will be called to testify, but they will be given daily updates on the progress of the preliminary hearing.

James Holmes is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater during a midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 people and wounding at least 38 others. He is eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors have not confirmed whether they will be seeking that punishment.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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