Prosecutors receive most of James Holmes’ medical records
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Prosecutors on Monday were handed most of James Holmes’ disputed medical records, both from the state mental health hospital in Pueblo where doctors evaluated Holmes’ sanity and from CU hospital where he was under care of a psychiatrist before he went on a shooting rampage at an Aurora theater.
Holmes is now clean-cut with short hair, but still stared straight ahead in court. His defense team had fought release of his medical records, after he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
They’re methodically challenging most of the key evidence against Holmes, claiming police obtained much of it in violation of the suspect’s rights. This includes the Match.com and Adult Friend Finder accounts on which Holmes allegedly posted “Will you visit me in prison?” and evidence collected from Holmes car and apartment.
This is the first of two weeks of motions hearings where for the first time observers heard some details about jury selection.
Judge Carlos Samour says he’ll send out 6,000 summonses to prospective jurors in Arapahoe County beginning Jan. 3., then narrow that down to 150 people for 12 seats on the jury and 12 alternates — a process that will take at least eight weeks.
The court will be asking those jurors to spend at least five months in this courtroom to try the case.
Observers also learned the juror questionnaire will try to weed out people with a preconceived opinion about Holmes’ guilt or innocence, in a case that’s received worldwide coverage. The defense also plans to ask whether potential jurors have strong feelings about health care providers.