CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes are showing video footage of him looking sullen and dazed after the attack in their effort to show he was insane.
Jurors on Tuesday saw an 11-minute video of Holmes during his first court appearance on July 23, 2012, three days after he killed 12 people and injured 70 during a midnight movie. Holmes has fiery orange hair and looks confused, sometimes squinting or looking downward.
Holmes' attorneys say he was in the grips of a psychotic episode during the shooting and his strange appearance reflects his mental state at the time. Prosecutors suggested he looked that way because he hadn't gotten much sleep.
Defense attorneys are focusing on Holmes bizarre post-arrest behavior as a sign of mental illness.