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5:25 p.m. (MDT)

Court has adjourned for the day in the Colorado theater shooting trial after James Holmes' attorneys completed their opening statement.

Public defender Katherine Spengler ended by telling jurors that Holmes' reason for opening fire in the suburban Denver theater in 2012 might not be satisfying to them.

"The `why' is coming from James Holmes' mind," she said. "He is sick"

Spengler noted her client continued to talk to his school psychiatrist, Lynne Fenton, even as he amassed weapons and ammunition in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

"He wants to be stopped but can't be stopped," Spengler said, referring to what she said was Holmes' delusional belief that killing others would somehow help him.

The trial will resume Tuesday morning.

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5:05 p.m. (MDT)

An attorney for the man who opened fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater says James Holmes experienced a break with reality months before the shooting, soon after he turned 24.

Defense lawyer Katherine Spengler says Holmes' psychotic break in early 2012 could have been caused by problems with his girlfriend and stress from the social interaction required of his graduate school classes.

But Spengler says it also could have happened because that was the time, determined by Holmes' genes, for his disease to worsen. Holmes' attorneys say he has schizophrenia.

Holmes was enrolled in the selective Ph.D. neuroscience program at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus.

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4:45 p.m. (MDT)

An attorney for the Colorado theater shooter has cited a history of mental illness on both sides of James Holmes' family, including an aunt with schizophrenic affective disorder.

Daniel King said during opening statements Monday that Holmes was a normal child through elementary school but began to have mental health problems in middle school. He says Holmes attempted suicide at age 11.

King adds his client had "intrusive thoughts" in high school, and they continue to this day.

Holmes' attorney Katherine Spengler says Holmes' mental illness "revved up" in his 20s. She says he wanted to study neuroscience to find a fix for what was wrong with his brain.

The 27-year-old Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 mass shooting.

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The Latest: Colorado theater shooting trial adjourns for day
James Holmes appears in court for the sentencing phase in his trial, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Victims and their families were given the opportunity to speak about the shooting and its effects on their lives. Holmes was convicted Aug. 7 of murdering 12 people when he opened fire on a crowded movie theater in 2012. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)
James Holmes, right, with defense attorney Katherine Spengler, appears in court for the sentencing phase in his trial, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Victims and their families were given the opportunity to speak about the shooting and its effects on their lives. Holmes was convicted Aug. 7 of murdering 12 people when he opened fire on a crowded movie theater in 2012. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)
In an image made from video, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, far left, sits at the defense table during a statement reading by Kathleen Pourciau, far right, the mother of surviving theater shooting victim Bonnie Kate Pourciau-Zoghbi, during the final sentencing phase of the Holmes trial in Centennial, Colo., Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Holmes was convicted Aug. 7 of murdering 12 people when he opened fire on a crowded movie theater in 2012. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)
Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. sits on the bench during the sentencing phase in the trial of James Holmes, at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Victims and their families were given the opportunity to speak about the shooting and its effects on their lives. Holmes was convicted Aug. 7 of murdering 12 people when he opened fire on a crowded movie theater in 2012. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)
Lasamoa Cross, left, wipes tears from her face as she leaves the Arapahoe County Courthouse with Theresa Hoover, the mother of her boyfriend, Alexander J. Boik, who was killed in the theatre massacre, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. James Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury failed to agree on whether he should get the death penalty. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Terry Sullivan, right, whose son Alex was killed on his birthday in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre attack, embraces Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter Jessica Ghawi was also killed, after a jury failed to agree on whether theater shooter James Holmes should get the death penalty Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Tom Sullivan, right, who lost his son in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012, heads into the Arapahoe County Courthouse to hear the verdict reached in the penalty phase of the trial of convicted shooter James Holmes Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Jurors have reached a decision on whether to sentence Holmes to life in prison or the death penalty. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Josh Nowlan, who was shot during the massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012, is hugged by an unidentified woman as they head into the Arapahoe County Courthouse to hear the verdict reached in the penalty phase of the trial of convicted shooter James Holmes Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Jurors have reached a decision on whether to sentence Holmes to life in prison or the death penalty. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Ian Sullivan, who lost his 6-year-old daughter in the massacre at a theater in Aurora, Colo., heads into the Arapahoe County Courthouse to hear the verdict reached in the penalty phase of the trial of convicted shooter James Holmes Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Jurors have reached a decision on whether to sentence Holmes to life in prison or the death penalty. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Terry Sullivan, second from left, whose son Alex was killed on his birthday in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre attack, embraces Bryan Beard, Alex's best friend, as Alex's father Tom looks on at right, after a jury failed to agree on whether theater shooter James Holmes should get the death penalty Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this image taken from video, accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, on the far left, listens to testimony during his trial, in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, June 25, 2015. Holmes arrived at court minus his normal full beard. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)
Defendant James Holmes appears in a video presented to a darkened courtroom in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, June 4, 2015. Holmes, also seated at defense table below screen, spoke in the video to a psychiatrist who evaluated him for the trial on charges that he killed 12 people and wounded 70 others during the midnight premiere of a Batman film. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)
In this image taken from video, Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes, second from left, stands along with defense and prosecution teams, as the jury exits the courtroom for a break in the Holmes trial, in Centennial, Colo., Friday, June 19, 2015. The prosecution, led by District Attorney George Brauchler, second from left, rested its case Friday. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)
FILE - This Jan. 15, 2015, file photo shows a view of the jury box, right, inside Courtroom 201, where jury selection in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes was set to begin at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Three jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial were dismissed Tuesday, June 9, 2015, amid concern they had been exposed to media coverage of the case and were discussing it among themselves. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool, File)
File - In this April 27, 2015, file sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, prosecutor George Brauchler makes a point during the opening day of the trial for Aurora, Colo., theatre shooting suspect James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 more in a July 2012 attack on a suburban Denver movie theater. His attorneys argue he suffers from schizophrenia and was in the grips of a psychotic episode when he opened fire on the packed auditorium during a midnight premier of a Batman movie. Experts say prosecutors are using a an approach to craft a memorable narrative that will hold jurors’ attention as the trial continues over more than four months, with scores of witnesses taking the stand.(AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba, file) KCNC-TV, KMGH-TV, KDVR-TV AND KUSA-TV OUT.
In this Monday, April 27, 2015 sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, Aurora theater shooting defendant James Holmes, center left, and defense attorney Daniel King sit in court at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the first day of Holmes' trial, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside a packed movie theater in July 2012, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)
In this Monday, April 27, 2015, sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, Caleb Medley, who was shot in the head during the massacre at the theatre in Aurora, Colo., is shown during the opening day of the trial for Aurora, Colo., theatre shooting suspect James Holmes in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this Monday, April 27, 2015, sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr., makes a point during the opening day of the trial for Aurora, Colo., theatre shooting suspect James Holmes Monday, April 27, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)
In this Monday, April 27, 2015 sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, public defender Daniel King makes a point during the opening day of the trial for Aurora, Colo., theatre shooting suspect James Holmes Monday, April 27, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)
In this Monday, April 27, 2015 sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, Aurora theater shooting defendant James Holmes is depicted as he sits in court at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the first day of the Holmes trial, in Centennial, Colo. As the trial begins, the question isn't whether Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 70, but whether he was sane at the time of the killings. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)
Aurora, Colo. Fire Department Lt. Bernd Hoefler, left, talks to a Arapahoe County Sheriff's Deputy after testifying during the third day in the trial of James Holmes, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder for a 2012 attack that killed 12 people and injured 70 in a movie theater. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
File - In this April 27, 2015 file photo, Joshua Nowlan, right, one of the victims in the massacre at the Aurora, Colo., theatre, is escorted from court by a law enforcement officer on the opening day of the trial for theatre shooting suspect James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013 file photo, Aurora Police Officer Justin Grizzle leaves court after testifying at a preliminary hearing for Aurora theater shooter James Holmes at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo. In testimony last week, Grizzle told of carrying victims Caleb Medley in the back of his patrol car and begging him not to die as he sped to a hospital. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
Tom Sullivan, front, who lost his 27-year-old son Alex in the massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., leaves the courthouse after the second day in the death penalty trial of theater shooter James Holmes Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Witnesses were called to the stand to recall the night of the incident, in which 12 people died and 70 others were injured. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Marcus Weaver, left, a victim of the 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, is embraced after Weaver testified during the third day in the trial of James Holmes, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in an attack that killed 12 people and injured 70. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Law enforcement officers keep watch from the roof of the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the second day of the trial of Aurora movie theater massacre defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, left rear in light-colored shirt, watches during testimony by witness Derick Spruel, upper right, on the second day of his trial in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Standing at left is prosecutor Lisa Teesch-Maguire. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)
Araphaoe County, colo., Sheriffs Department deputies, at back, escort attendees out of the courthouse at the conclusion of the opening day of the trial for Aurora, Colo., theatre shooting suspect James Holmes Monday, April 27, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Surrounded by television photographers and reporters, Marcus Weaver, front, a victim of the shooting massacre at an Aurora, Colo., theatre, talks at the conclusion of the opening day of the trial for theatre shooting suspect James Holmes Monday, April 27, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Television journalists are directed by an official to return to a nearby area reserved for media, outside the Arapahoe County Justice Center, on the first day of the trial of James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside a packed movie theater on July 20, 2012, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
People enter the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the first day of the trial of defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside a packed movie theater on July 20, 2012, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Television satellite trucks and production tents are positioned in the parking lot of the Arapahoe County Justice Center, on the first day of the trial of James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside a packed movie theater on July 20, 2012, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica Ghawi was killed in the 2012 Aurora, Colo., movie theatre shooting, prepare to enter the Arapahoe County Justice Center, on the first day of the trial of defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside the packed theater, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
CENTENNIAL, CO - APRIL 27: Family members of Aurora Theater shooting victim Veronica Moser walk into the Arapahoe County Justice Center as opening arguments for the trial of Aurora Theater Shooting defendant James Holmes opened at the courthouse April 27, 2015 in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes faces multiple murder charges stemming from a mass shooting in July 2012 theater shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
A law enforcement officer adjusts a barrier for media in front of the Arapahoe County District Court, on the first day of the trial of the Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday April 27, 2015. As the trial begins, the question isn't whether Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 70, but whether he was sane at the time of the killings. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
CENTENNIAL, CO - APRIL 27: Members of the media film people walking into the Arapahoe County Justice Center as opening arguments for the trial of Aurora Theater Shooting defendant James Holmes opened at the courthouse April 27, 2015 in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes faces multiple murder charges stemming from a mass shooting in July 2012 theater shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr., top right, presides over the opening of the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, far left, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. The trial will determine if he'll be executed, spend his life in prison, or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)
Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, far left, sits at the defense table at the opening of his trial in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. The trial will determine if he'll be executed, spend his life in prison, or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)
CENTENNIAL, CO - APRIL 27: Producers at Denver Post TV listen and take notes from the courtroom live feed of proceedings as opening arguments for the trial of Aurora Theater Shooting defendant James Holmes opened at the Arapahoe County Justice Center April 27, 2015 in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes faces multiple murder charges stemming from a mass shooting in July 2012 theater shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others. Holmes is seated at the very far left of the television screen. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
Surrounded by television photographers and reporters, Marcus Weaver, front, a victim of the shooting massacre at an Aurora, Colo., theatre, talks at the conclusion of the opening day of the trial for theatre shooting suspect James Holmes Monday, April 27, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Marcus Weaver, center back, who was shot in the massacre at the theatre in Aurora, Colo., is flanked by an unidentified man while leaving the Arapahoe County, Colo., courthouse at the conclusion of the opening day of the trial for theatre shooting suspect James Holmes Monday, April 27, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Marcus Weaver, front right, who was wounded in the Aurora, Colo., theatre shooting, emerges at the conclusion of the opening day of the trial for theatre shooting suspect James Holmes, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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4:35 p.m. (MDT)

James Holmes' defense attorney, Daniel King, says his client "now regrets what took place in the theater."

"There's no rational explanation for what took place," King said Monday.

In his opening statements, King described strange behavior by Holmes in a jail cell in November 2012, nearly four months after the mass shooting in Aurora.

King showed video of Holmes running head-first into a wall. He says Holmes thought President Barack Obama was communicating with him through TV, through winks and gestures.

On Nov. 11, 2012, King said, Holmes stood and fell backward in his cell, as if he were expecting to be caught.

"When asked why he fell backward off his bed, he looked at the deputy and said, `I do not know if you are real," King said.

King said the next day, Holmes was found naked, licking walls, eating lunch meat between two paper cups. He sucked his thumb and cried.

King told the jury: "Look at the video, and you tell me if he would do this for notoriety."

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4:30 p.m. (MDT)

Senate President Bill Cadman has cited Colorado theater shooter James Holmes during a discussion at the state Capitol about a bill that would create a new crime of fetal homicide.

The measure was proposed in response to an attack on a pregnant woman last month in Longmont. But Cadman says it also could be applied in the suburban Denver mass shooting.

James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people in the 2012 Aurora attack. Cadman argues it should have been 13, because a woman who survived the rampage had a miscarriage.

The Republican Senate approved the bill Monday.

Democrats oppose the measure, saying the crime of fetal homicide could put pregnant women themselves at risk for charges.

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4:20 p.m. (MDT)

A defense attorney has showed jurors a video of James Holmes shortly after his arrest in a deadly 2012 rampage at a Colorado movie theater.

Investigators put paper bags on Holmes' hands to preserve evidence.

On the video, Holmes can be seen and heard playing with the bags. An officer asks Holmes what he thinks the bags are for, and Holmes replies "popcorn."

King says Holmes' bizarre behavior continued in jail, where he heard voices and believed others could read his thoughts. King disputed prosecutors' claim that Holmes stopped eating and drinking, and that's what made him delusional.

King noted Holmes has been medicated for two years and still believes his delusions.

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4 p.m. (MDT)

During opening statements of the Colorado theater shooting trial, James Holmes' attorney showed home videos of his client as a boy and told jurors that Holmes was a "good kid who tried hard."

The videos showed Holmes surfing and playing on a slide.

Public defender Daniel King pointed to Holmes' parents in the courtroom, Arlene and Robert Holmes, saying they were a solid middle-class couple.

"He was what we want all our children to be like," said King, noting Holmes could be "anyone's son" and that anyone's son could have schizophrenia.

District Attorney George Brauchler objected, but he was overruled by the judge.

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3:45 p.m. (MDT)

An attorney for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes says every doctor who has evaluated his client has found he suffers from a serious psychotic illness, and isn't faking it.

Public defender Daniel King said during opening statements that all the psychiatrists who have examined Holmes have diagnosed him with schizophrenia or schizophrenic spectrum disorder.

King told jurors their job is not to decide whether mass murder is wrong, how badly the victims were harmed or anything having to do with gun control.

"There is no room for retribution or vengeance," he said. "The law commands that you decide one thing and one thing only: that you fairly and rationally decide all the evidence in the case or lack of evidence, and that you decide whether (District Attorney George) Broauchler has ... proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Holmes was not insane. "

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3:35 p.m. (MDT)

A public defender says James Holmes was insane when he opened fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater in 2012.

Public defender Daniel King said during his opening statement in Holmes' trial that his client was having a psychotic break and was not in control of his thoughts, his actions or "what he perceived as reality" at the time of the attack.

"By the time Mr. Holmes stepped into that theater, his perception of reality was so skewed, was so malformed, that he no longer lived in the world that we lived in," King said. "But to him, it seemed as real as it seems to you right now.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the mass shooting in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

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3:25 p.m. (MDT)

Multiple people sobbed during opening statements in the Colorado theater shooting trial.

A juror wiped tears from her face as District Attorney George Brauchler showed photographs of the victims' bodies, as well a photograph of 6-year-old Veronica Moser before the shooting.

Brauchler said he would show a photo of Moser's body later in the trial, but didn't show it during opening statements. He said they should only have to look at that photo once.

Holmes watched the screen with the photographs but showed no visible reaction.

There was a box of tissues at the feet of Holmes' parents but they didn't use them during the opening statements. Defense attorneys were beginning their opening statement.

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3 p.m. (MDT)

The prosecutor in the Colorado theater shooting trial showed jurors photographs of the victims before wrapping up his opening statement.

District Attorney George Brauchler described how one moviegoer draped himself over his friend, trying to protect him, and how another was nearly eviscerated by bullets.

Brauchler says the gunman, James Holmes, wore headphones and listened to techno music so as not to hear the reaction in the theater.

In the courtroom Monday, Holmes swiveled in chair ever so slightly as the prosecutor chronicled the individual killings.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack.

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2:45 p.m. (MDT)

District Attorney George Brauchler showed jurors photographs of the elaborate booby trap that Colorado theater shooter James Holmes set up in his apartment.

He says Holmes used "detonation redundancy" to try to ensure its success and tactics to cause as much harm as possible.

Gasoline was put in green containers so it looked like a clear liquid.

Brauchler says Holmes planned to use magnesium to start fires that would spew out lethal hydrogen gas and be made worse by water sprayed on them.

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2:40 p.m. (MDT)

A prosecutor says James Holmes' decision to dye his bright hair red before opening fire in a Colorado movie theater had nothing to do with wanting to look like the Joker from Batman.

District Attorney George Brauchler says Holmes told an expert who examined him that he changed his hair color and wore contacts that made his pupils look black so he would stand out and be remembered.

"I thought it would look better than green or blue," Holmes said, according to the prosecutor.

Also during his opening statements, Brauchler showed jurors an FBI model of the theater. The roughly 4-foot by 6-foot model was on a table in the courtroom and had been covered with a black cloth.

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2:15 p.m. (MDT)

A prosecutor says James Holmes considered other locations and methods for his attack, including biological warfare, before deciding on a mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater.

District Attorney George Brauchler says Holmes ruled out a biological assault because it would require too much knowledge.

He also considered various locations, including airports and other theaters. He concluded an airport would have too much security.

Brauchler says Holmes picked Century 16 in Aurora in part because it had doors he could lock to increase casualties. He also considered factors such as police response times.

Brauchler noted before the shooting, Holmes was reluctant to give details about his thoughts to therapists he worked with. But Holmes freely talked about his desire to kill people with his ex-girlfriend, whom he continued to spend time with after their breakup.

The prosecutor said the ex-girlfriend thought Holmes was being hypothetical, and the two severed ties soon afterward.

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2 p.m. (MDT)

The prosecutor in the Colorado movie theater shooting trial says the experts who examined the gunman couldn't agree on what mental disorder he has.

District Attorney George Brauchler also says James Holmes, a former graduate student in neuroscience, gave them conflicting answers about his motives.

Brauchler noted during opening arguments that Holmes told one state expert he decided to carry out the shooting in a movie theater because of the possibility of mass casualties. But Brauchler says Holmes told a defense expert he chose the setting because he liked the movies.

When asked about the discrepancy, Holmes allegedly responded "Things change with time" and offered no other explanation.

Openings statements started Monday with prosecutors laying out their case. Each side is allowed two hours.

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1:50 (MDT)

The prosecutor in the Colorado movie theater shooting trial says for four months after his arrest, James Holmes was on no medication and seemed sane.

District Attorney George Brauchler told jurors during opening statements Monday that Holmes complained about the jail food and asked for specific books and contact-lens cleaning fluid.

"He is, in essence, like every other inmate," Brauchler said.

But the prosecutor says as the holidays neared, Holmes stopped eating and drinking, sending himself into a delirium.

Brauchler says jurors will see a video of Holmes climbing onto the bed in his cell around that time and "sort of falling off," and they'll have to decide what it means.

He says they'll also see a notebook Holmes kept that was intended to be given to his family after the shooting. It includes pages Holmes wrote on his longstanding hatred of mankind, as well as his plans for the massacre.

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1:30 p.m. (MDT)

The prosecutor in the Colorado movie theater shooting trial has played a video recording of one of James Holmes' psychiatric evaluations in which Holmes says he "only counts fatalities" in the attack and those wounded were "collateral damage."

District Attorney George Brauchler says Holmes felt differently about the people he killed and those he injured in the 2012 shooting in suburban Denver.

"The dead can't be repaired or come back to life and be normal again," Holmes said.

The wounded, meanwhile, are "collateral damage," he said.

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1:25 p.m. (MDT)

The prosecutor in the Colorado movie theater shooting trial says two mental health evaluations found that James Holmes sane at the time of the attack.

It is the first word on the results of the evaluations from different psychiatrists.

"Both of them said the same thing: that that guy was sane when he tried to murder all those people in the theater back in July of 2012," District Attorney George Brauchler said.

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1:15 p.m. (MDT)

Opening statements have started in the long-awaited death penalty trial of Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes.

The prosecutor showed a picture of the door to the theater. "Through this door are bullets, blood, brains and bodies," he said. He played a 911 call.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. says each side has two hours for opening statements. The defense can make opening statement now or later.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 when he opened fire at a midnight showing of a Batman movie in suburban Denver. The July 20, 2012, mass shooting was one of America's deadliest.

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12:55 p.m. (MDT)

The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial has dismissed jurors for a short break before opening statements begin.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. has explained to jurors the importance of not discussing the trial with anyone, including each other. Opening statements are set to start after the break.

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12:45 p.m. (MDT)

The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial is explaining to the jury that they must decide whether or not James Holmes was sane at the time of the attack.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. explained to the 12 jurors, plus 12 alternates, the guidelines of an insanity plea. Samour says the defendant is presumed innocent and does not have to prove he was insane when the shooting occurred.

Instead, he says, the prosecution must prove that Holmes was not insane.

Holmes is sitting still and watching the judge. He has not appeared to react to what he says or talk to his attorneys.

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12:20 p.m. (MDT)

The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial has started instructing the jury.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. on Monday told jurors he has no opinion on the case and told them they can submit questions to him regarding witness testimony during the trial.

Samour also says jurors can take notes but they're not allowed to take those notes home. He says the jurors' notebooks will be destroyed at the end of the trial.

James Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more in a packed Aurora theater in July 2012, but he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers will argue he was too addled by mental illness to tell right from wrong.

Opening statements are set to begin later Monday.

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12 p.m. (MDT)

A judge has started addressing jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. thanked jurors for being on time and told them he's taken steps to ensure their privacy. He says he has ordered the media not to identify jurors or contact them or their friends or family members.

Samour earlier seated 12 jurors, plus 12 alternates who will replace any jurors who are dismissed for health or other reasons.

The 24 people will not know if they are jurors or alternates until deliberations are about to begin. At that point, the remaining alternates will be dismissed

Opening statements in James Holmes' death penalty trial are set for later Monday.

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11:30 a.m. (MDT)

Some victims' family members and survivors of the Colorado theater shooting have arrived at court in advance of opening statements in James Holmes' trial.

They held hands as they took the elevator up to the courtroom in the Denver suburb of Centennial.

The group included Ian Sullivan, whose 6-year-old daughter, Veronica, was the youngest victim of the 2012 massacre, and Caleb Medley, who was shot in the head while on a date night at the Batman screening with his pregnant wife.

Medley's wife gave birth to their baby in the same hospital where Medley was treated. The boy is his first child.

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11 a.m. (MDT)

Many of the people who attended a morning hearing in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes have dispersed while court is in recess, including Holmes' parents.

The hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse in suburban Denver was held to clear up last-minute requests from attorneys.

Opening statements in the death penalty trial are expected to start around 1 p.m. local time.

Meanwhile, work on other cases continued as usual Monday at the courthouse in Centennial. Court dockets show at least 100 other cases scheduled for the day.

Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside the packed theater, but he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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10:30 a.m. (MDT)

Opening statements in the Colorado shooting trial will be given by District Attorney George Brauchler for the prosecution, and public defenders Daniel King and Katherine Spengler for the defense.

Brauchler said at the morning briefing that he'll show graphic images during his presentation. He didn't elaborate.

The trial is taking place in the Denver suburb of Centennial, where it was chilly and drizzling Monday morning.

A row of TV satellite trucks sat outside the courthouse. A half-dozen TV camera crews and more photojournalists watched as spectators including former Denver Fire Chief Larry Trujillo arrived.

Trujillo's daughter, Taylor, was in the theater on July 20, 2012. She survived the shooting when a friend threw her to the floor.

Trujillo says his faith allows him to forgive. But he says that might be easy to say since his daughter survived.

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9:55 a.m. (MDT)

Court is in recess in the Colorado theater shooting case after a hearing to clear up last-minute requests.

James Holmes' parents sat in the second row in the courtroom in the Denver suburb of Centennial. His mother, Arlene, took notes in a small purple notebook and Holmes read at the defense table. No victims' families were at the hearing.

Prosecutors asked for access to records of jail visits by Holmes' parents, experts and other people besides his legal team.

Holmes' lawyers objected, but arguments on that issue were delayed until a later date.

Opening statements are expected to begin around 1 p.m. local time, after the judge addresses jurors.

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9:10 a.m. (MDT)

A hearing to take care of last-minute motions is underway in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes in suburban Denver.

Holmes is dressed in a blue shirt, khaki pants and no tie. At the start of a live video feed from the courtroom, he is seen standing behind the defense table with his hands in his pocket.

As in previous hearings, Holmes is tethered to the courtroom floor with a harness under his clothes, hidden from the jury's view.

To the right of the judge's bench is a table holding a roughly 4-foot by 6-foot object draped with a black cloth.

Among the evidence expected to be presented during the trial is an FBI model of the theater and photographs of the scene.

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8:25 a.m. (MDT)

The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes have been seen waiting in line to get into the suburban Denver courthouse where Holmes' long-awaited death penalty trial is getting underway.

Robert and Arlene Holmes of Rancho Penasquitos, California, have publicly pleaded for their son's life to be spared through a plea bargain. They called him a "human being gripped by a severe mental illness."

Shortly before their arrival, some TV reporters followed Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, the parents of shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, to the door of the Centennial courthouse, in violation of the strict ground rules for media coverage.

A woman in a suit came up and scolded them.

Opening statements in the 2012 shooting case are scheduled to begin Monday afternoon.

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7:50 a.m. (MDT)

A steady stream of people walked into the courthouse on a gray and drizzly morning on the opening day of the trial of James Holmes in the 2012 Colorado theater shooting.

They were dressed in suits and dresses, and jeans and sweatshirts. About 10 television satellite trucks were parked outside.

There were no deputies stationed at the roof as seen at previous hearings in the case at the courthouse in Centennial, south of Denver.

Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more a packed Aurora theater, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers will argue he was too addled by mental illness to tell right from wrong.



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FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes is seated in court in Centennial, Colo. Jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting case enters its final stage Monday, April 13, 2015 when attorneys begin questioning prospective jurors as a large group. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will whittle 115 remaining candidates down to 12 jurors and 12 alternates serve in the months-long trial of Holmes. Opening statements are scheduled for April 27. (Andy Cross,/Pool Photo via AP, File)
In this April 22, 2015 photo, Dr. Kirsten Anderson, the Disaster Coordinator with Aurora Mental Health Center, poses for a photo inside the Aurora Strong Resilience Center, a free counseling center opened in 2013 for local residents who have been affected by trauma, in Aurora, Colo. With theater shooting defendant James Holmes' trial starting Monday, April 27, 2015, mental health counselors in Aurora and elsewhere are preparing to help anyone coping with anxiety, flashbacks and other responses to reliving the Aurora theater shootings through testimony and news accounts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 22, 2015 photo, posters adorn the wall of the Aurora Strong Resilience Center, a free counseling center opened in 2013 for local residents who have been affected by trauma, in Aurora, Colo. With theater shooting defendant James Holmes' trial starting Monday, April 27, 2015, mental health counselors in Aurora and elsewhere are preparing to help anyone coping with anxiety, flashbacks and other responses to reliving the Aurora theater shootings through testimony and news accounts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 22, 2015 photo, posters adorn the wall of the Aurora Strong Resilience Center, a free counseling center opened in 2013 for local residents who have been affected by trauma, in Aurora, Colo. With theater shooting defendant James Holmes' trial starting Monday, April 27, 2015, mental health counselors in Aurora and elsewhere are preparing to help anyone coping with anxiety, flashbacks and other responses to reliving the Aurora theater shootings through testimony and news accounts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 22, 2015 photo, handwritten notes adorn "The Resilience Tree," inside the Aurora Strong Resilience Center, a free counseling center opened in 2013 for local residents who have been affected by trauma, in Aurora, Colo. With theater shooting defendant James Holmes' trial starting Monday, April 27, 2015, mental health counselors in Aurora and elsewhere are preparing to help anyone coping with anxiety, flashbacks and other responses to reliving the Aurora theater shootings through testimony and news accounts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 22, 2015, photo, a bird-motifed mobile decorates the inside of the Aurora Strong Resilience Center, a free counseling center opened in 2013 for local residents who have been affected by trauma, in Aurora, Colo. With theater shooting defendant James Holmes' trial starting Monday, April 27, 2015, mental health counselors in Aurora and elsewhere are preparing to help anyone coping with anxiety, flashbacks and other responses to reliving the Aurora theater shootings through testimony and news accounts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 22, 2015 photo, handwritten notes adorn "The Resilience Tree," inside the Aurora Strong Resilience Center, a free counseling center opened in 2013 for local residents who have been affected by trauma, in Aurora, Colo. With theater shooting defendant James Holmes' trial starting Monday, April 27, 2015, mental health counselors in Aurora and elsewhere are preparing to help anyone coping with anxiety, flashbacks and other responses to reliving the Aurora theater shootings through testimony and news accounts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
People enter and leave the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., Monday April 13, 2015. The jury selection process in the trial of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes entered its final stage Monday when attorneys began questioning prospective jurors as a large group. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 in a crowded Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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