Theater shooting prosecutors build case that Holmes was sane

James Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – Prosecutors are methodically building a case that James Holmes knew right from wrong when he planned and carried out the deadly Colorado theater shootings.

After a month of testimony from victims and investigators, prosecutors this week shifted to Holmes’ mental state. They hope to convince jurors he should be convicted and executed, not sent to a mental hospital.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the 2012 attack, which killed 12 people and injured 70.

On Thursday, prosecutors plan to question a state-appointed psychiatrist who examined Holmes. District Attorney George Brauchler has already told jurors the doctor concluded Holmes was legally sane.

Earlier this week, prosecutors showed jurors a notebook Holmes kept that included a map estimating how long it would take police to respond to an attack.

The 56-page notebook contains entries such as “What kind of GOD commands his people not to murder yet cowers behind free will?” and eight consecutive pages with “Why?” scrawled on them in ever-larger writing.

Prosecutors are attempting to use the notebook to undermine Holmes’ claim that he was legally insane.

Holmes mailed the notebook to a psychiatrist who was treating him before the attack.

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