Published July 18, 2013
| Associated Press
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.