Jury selection began in the trial of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and wounding 70 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Gwen Ifill speaks with Mary MacCarthy of Feature Story News about the monumental task of picking jurors and the suspect’s appearance in court. Continue reading
Jury selection began today for the trial of James Holmes, the shooter who killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in 2012. A record 9,000 people received summons to be considered for the jury.
In other news Tuesday, Conservative groups testified at a Congressional hearing about abuses they suffered at the hands of the IRS. Also, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced there will be a special election in October to fill the seat of long-time Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died at the age of 89. Continue reading
James Holmes faces up to 142 charges for the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. Gwen Ifill talks to Peter Banda of The Associated Press about Holmes’ arraignment hearing. Plus, James Alan Fox of Northeastern University and reporter Dave Cullen discuss whether the suspect is different from other mass shooters. Continue reading
Lawyers defending alleged shooter James Holmes stated Holmes sent a notebook with violent drawings of a mass killing to Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist and schizophrenia expert, who met with Holmes in weeks prior to the shootings. Margaret Warner talks to Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig about how mental health will affect the case. Continue reading
At a preliminary hearing, Colo. shooting suspect James Holmes remained silent and stoic. Gwen Ifill speaks with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), University of Denver’s Dave Kopel and the Pew Research Center’s Mike Dimock on whether shootings influence public opinion on issues such as gun control and gun safety. Continue reading
A premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in suburban Colorado turned into a mass murder scene when a gunman fired upon the audience, killing 12 people and wounding 59 others. Tom Bearden reports from Colorado about the eyewitness accounts of the shootings. Continue reading
Ray Suarez speaks with Associated Press reporter Peter Banda, who gathered witness accounts of the shooting scene. Then, the Denver Post’s Kurtis Lee describes the searches and reunions of victims, friends and loved ones at nearby Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo. Continue reading