Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Police: Holmes had drawing of game about a serial killer

This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is returning to court as his lawyers challenge possible trial testimony about computer analysis and data. A judge is set to hear arguments about the issue beginning Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 when he opened fire on a packed movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in 2012. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – A drawing of a game involving a serial killer and a maze was found in the apartment of Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes, a police detective testified Wednesday.

The drawing also involved an address in downtown Denver, Aurora police detective Thomas Wilson said. It was found on a page in a spiral notebook inside Holmes’ backpack.

Wilson did not elaborate, and neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys questioned him further about it.

It was the first public mention of the drawing in the 15 months since the July 2012 attack at an Aurora movie theater where 12 people were killed and 70 others were wounded. Holmes also sent a notebook that contained violent drawings to a psychiatrist before the shootings, Fox News has reported.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple charges of murder and attempted murder.

Wilson disclosed the notebook during a pretrial hearing at which defense attorneys are asking the judge to throw out evidence seized from the apartment because the search began before police had a warrant.

Prosecutors say explosives found there were so dangerous that police didn’t have time to wait.

The hearing is the latest in a round of sessions this month over evidence that could be used to strengthen or weaken Holmes’ claim.

Even if some evidence is barred, prosecutors still have a strong case, legal experts say. The defense has acknowledged Holmes was the shooter but say he was in the midst of a psychotic episode.

However, without the evidence, prosecutors could have a harder job convincing jurors that Holmes was sane, which they must do in order to obtain the death penalty.


Source: AP

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