CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — With their anger and tears stirred by the sight of James Holmes in a courtroom with red hair and glassy eyes, the families of those killed in the Colorado theater massacre now must go home to plan their final goodbyes.
Tom Teves‘ stare bore into Holmes as the 24-year-old former graduate student sat as though in a daze during his court appearance Monday. Teves‘ son was one of the 12 people Holmes is accused of killing after Alex Teves dove to protect his girlfriend in the shooting early Friday.
Another 58 were wounded, including seven critically, when a gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in nearby Aurora.
The father called the red-and-orange-haired object of his anger “a coward” for allegedly mowing down defenseless victims, including a girl.
“Somebody had to be in the courtroom to say, ‘You know what? You went in with ballistic protection and guns, and you shot a 6-year-old,’ ” he said. “And then when the cops came, you gave up? You’ve got the ballistic protection on. Take on some guys who know how to use guns.”
That anger spilled out when the world got its first view of Holmes, shuffling into court in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit. Relatives of the shooting victims leaned forward in their seats. Two women held hands tightly, one shook her head. One woman’s eyes welled up with tears.
“He doesn’t look surprised at any of it, but he seemed amazed at what was happening. I’m pretty sure he’s not sane,” Blache said.
To Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, an assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Holmes looked like “a person who’s been through an emotional maelstrom and therefore might be totally wiped out emotionally.”
Gardere said there could be “a psychotic process going on, and we see that being acted out there. Or, there might be some sort of malingering going on. In other words, trying to make himself look worse than he actually is. Or maybe a combination of all of those things.”
After Holmes was led in handcuffs to the solitary confinement cell where he’d been held since Friday, the families of the dead were left to plan the next steps that they must take.
Kobel was one of the public information officers assigned to each family to make sure that they will still receive information — and can get their messages to the media — when they are gone.
His prosecution is likely to be a long road. He won’t be formally charged until next Monday, and police expect months of working with behavioral analysts and scrutinizing Holmes‘ relationships to establish a motive. As for a trial, that could take more than a year, said prosecutor Carol Chambers.View Entire Story
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