CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The release Friday of previously sealed court documents in the case against Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James E. Holmes offer a glimpse of evidence that could be presented during his trial. Among the potential evidence: a text message he sent to a classmate, contents of his computers, and a notebook sent to his psychiatrist.
Also, Holmes’ attorneys are planning to call an expert to testify on Holmes’ mental condition, the documents said. The defense has previously said Holmes is mentally ill.
Judge William Sylvester has granted a prosecution request that additional physical evidence be gathered from Holmes. That evidence will include mouth swabs and fingerprints to be analyzed for a DNA match to the arsenal of weapons he allegedly used in the shootings and a palm print found on the theater exit door, according to the records.
Holmes, 24, was arrested without resistance minutes after police say he unleashed a barrage of gunfire inside a packed Century 16 movie theater. Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured.