The Latest: James Holmes ill, depressed months before attack
12 p.m. (MDT)
James Holmes returned from a Christmas vacation months before opening fire in a suburban Denver theater feeling sick and increasingly anxious and depressed.
In a video played for jurors, Holmes tells state-appointed psychiatrist William Reid that his mind was “falling apart,” he had been diagnosed with mononucleosis, and his first romantic relationship was ending. But he says he still passed all his classes.
In the segments played before a one-hour lunch break, Holmes also describes freezing up as violent images played in his head when he felt awkward in social situations. He says he never felt suicidal but did imagine killing others.
10:55 a.m. (MDT)
The man who opened fire in a Colorado theater, killing 12, says he believes God might care about those killed.
James Holmes described God as “everything” in an interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist that was shown at Holmes’ death penalty trial on Friday. Holmes said that as “everything,” God would care about the shootings only because they changed something. Pressed further, he said, “He might care that people were dying.”
Jurors heard Holmes’ remarks in a video of his interview with Dr. William Reid.
Reid, a key prosecution witness, has testified that he determined that Holmes was sane at the time of the Aurora theater shooting. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
10:30 a.m. (MDT)
Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial are again watching James Holmes’ videotaped interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist, after a roughly 20-minute interruption caused by a technical glitch.
Dr. William Reid interviewed a medicated Holmes in 2014, about two years after the shooting.
The video shows Reid trying to draw out the defendant on his relationships with other people.
Holmes responds in short sentences with little elaboration. He talks about going to church with his family and visiting an orphanage in Mexico with a group from the University of California-Riverside when he was an undergraduate.
Holmes says faith was important to his mother, but that he was “never really a believer.”
He also describes his parents’ relationship as loving and says he felt loved.
9:30 a.m. (MDT)
A technical glitch has interrupted attempts to show jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial another segment of a video of defendant James Holmes being interviewed by a state-appointed psychiatrist.
After a few minutes of garbled sound and stop-and-start video Friday, Judge Carlos Samour called for a break with characteristic humor, saying he hoped non-lawyers could sort out the problem.
District Attorney George Brauchler opened Dr. William Reid’s second day of testimony by asking him about his laid-back interviewing style. The psychiatrist says it’s aimed at getting as much information as possible from his subjects without being limited by assumptions.
Reid also offered general impressions of Holmes, including that the defendant showed flashes of humor and wit.
Reid conducted nine interviews totaling 22 hours with Holmes. He concluded Holmes was mentally ill but legally sane at the time of the attack.
Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
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