Bomb techs recall unprecedented discoveries inside Holmes’ apartment
A courtroom sketch of James Holmes was released after a hearing on Sept. 30, 2013.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — At a pretrial hearing for James Holmes Wednesday, bomb technicians described the possible mayhem they believed the accused Aurora theater shooter’s booby-trapped apartment could have caused.
The prosecution presented testimony from officer Roger Kelley of the Adams County Bomb Unit and Detective Paul Capolungo of the Denver Police Bomb Unit in an effort to convince the court that the two could be used as expert witnesses in Holmes’ upcoming murder trial, which is scheduled to begin in February.
Holmes has pleaded not guilty to the 166 charges brought against him by reason of mental insanity.
Kelley testified that his unit sent their bomb robot into the building. He said the robot blasted the lock off the door so they were able to see into the living room.
Inside the apartment, Kelley said he observed 15 to 20 incendiary devices in three clusters on the floor. Two of the clusters were described as black balls and one cluster was made up of plastic bottles filled with liquid.
There was yellow wire coming off of green fuses and running into the next room, Kelley continued. In the middle of the cluster, he said there were black boxes with blinking led lights.
Kelley also described a booby trap right at the entrance of Holmes’ front door. Kelley said there was a wire attached to the wall that ran to a thermos jug full of liquid. It was perched precariously above a frying pan which contained white powder Kelley testified.
Capolungo testified that he broke out the kitchen window with a pole and a ladder truck. He said he observed a black pelican box on the refrigerator that had yellow wires running into it.
But it was the presence of an antenna that concerned Capolungo the most.
“I was concerned because that meant it could be triggered remotely” he said. When asked if he had ever seen anything like it, Capolungo replied, “No. It was highly dangerous. If these were to go off in that small an area, that would have been devastating.”
Capolungo also said there was a plastic bottle filled with liquid and ammunition.
Detective Thomas Wilson of Aurora Police testified that after receiving a warrant around lunch on July 21, they seized several items from the apartment. They included a backpack and a note book. The note book had a page with “a serial killer maze” and an address for Lodo’s in Denver.
WIlson said police also seized some prescription medications, including Quanzapan and Citrulline.
Story courtesy of FOX31 Denver’s Kolin Lawler