James Holmesappeared in court today. He seemed dazed and confused at times as he sat in the courtroom. Holmes is facing first degree murder charges for the horrific shooting deaths of 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, leaving several dozen injured, some critically. Hundreds of fans were in attendance of a late-night screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" this past Friday morning. MSNBC reports:
Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester ordered Holmes, 24, held without bond, saying there was probable cause to continue the case. He told Holmes he was accused of having killed 12 people and wounded 58 others early Friday in a crowded theater that was showing the premiere of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."
Twenty-three people remained in area hospitals Monday, 11 of them in critical condition.
Sylvester set a hearing on formal charges — expected to be multiple counts of first-degree murder — for next Monday at 9:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. ET). Holmes — wearing a red prison jump suit and accompanied by Tamara Brady, one of his public defenders — said nothing during the hearing. He mostly looked down at the table under a shock of dyed bright red hair and occasionally raised his eyebrows in a quizzical expression.
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office via KUSA-TV
James Eagan Holmes in his police booking photo.
Relatives of some of the victims leaned forward to catch their first glimpse of Holmes. Some stared at him the entire hearing, including Tom Teves, the father of Alex Teves, who was killed in the shooting. Two women held hands tightly, one shaking her head.
Afterward, Holmes was led away in handcuffs to his cell, where he is being held in isolation, said Carol Chambers, district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe County.
Parents stand behind son
Holmes' father, Robert Holmes of Rancho Penasquitos, Calif., flew to Colorado to see James Holmes the day after the shootings. Monday, an attorney for Robert Holmes and his wife, Arlene, said that "their hearts go out to the victims and their families" and that they stood behind their son.
The attorney, Lisa Damiani, a prominent criminal and employment law specialist in San Diego, sought to clear up what she said were misconceptions that Arlene Holmes had said her son was the gunman.
Lisa Damiani, an attorney for James Eagan Holmes' parents, tells reporters, "I have concerns for their safety." Watch the entire news conference.
ABC News reported Friday that when it called Arlene Holmes on Friday morning, "she told ABC News her son was likely the alleged culprit, saying, 'You have the right person.'" Many news organizations, including NBC News, referred to ABC's report.
In a statement read by Damiani, Arlene Holmes said the ABC reporter called her at 5:45 a.m. and asked whether she was Arlene Holmes and whether she had a son who lived in Aurora, Colo.
"I answered yes, you have the right person," Holmes said, according to the statement. "I was referring to myself."
Holmes said that she explicitly told the ABC reporter that she couldn't comment "because I did not know if the person he was talking about was my son, and I would need to find out."
Damiani reminded reporters that "it's important that a case of this significance be tried in the courthouse, in the courtroom, and not in the media."
Otherwise, Damiani said, the family has no plans to talk about James Holmes or their relationship.
No 'slam dunk'
The next step in the proceedings comes in a week, when Holmes will be back in court to hear the formal charges against him. After that, the case could wind on for months or even years.
Families of victims and some survivors arrived in court to see suspect James Eagan Holmes, who didn't make eye contact with anyone. NBC News' Kate Snow reports.
Asked about the seemingly overwhelming evidence that investigators had amassed against Holmes, Chambers cautioned that "there is no such thing as a slam-dunk case."
"We will work very hard on this case just as we would on any other case," she told reporters after the hearing.
"A case like this involves so many different aspects — (prosecutors will) be working with the police, dealing with things such as search warrants, locations, is there enough evidence to proceed," James Peters, a former Arapahoe County prosecutor, told NBC station KUSA of Denver. Peters won the conviction of a man who killed killed four people at an Aurora restaurant in 1993.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said it could take months simply to determine a motive. He said police were working with FBI behavioral analysts.
Then the state must decide whether to seek the death penalty.
Chambers wouldn't say whether prosecutors intended to pursue that option. A capital case would "impact the victims' families for years, and we would want to get their input on that," she said.
Chambers is term-limited, which means that decision could be made by Chambers' successor, Republican George Brauchler or Democrat Ethan Feldman, one of whom voters will elect in November.
Holmes' defense strategy could delay a resolution even longer. If Holmes were to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, or if his attorneys were to argue that he is incompetent to stand trial, proceedings could stretch for years — perhaps indefinitely.
A defendant is considered incompetent if he's unable to understand the charges against him or to assist in his own defense. Legal proceedings must stop until the defendant is restored to competency.
Scott H. Robinson, a prominent Denver criminal defense attorney, said Holmes' lawyers might have no choice.
If they believe their client is incompetent, they have "an absolute duty to raise competency and [request] a competency evaluation," he said.
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Suspect's apartment combed
Holmes told police that he had booby-trapped his apartment, and it took more than 24 hours for them to disarm the explosives he had left behind. They included dozens of softball-sized fireworks charges filled with explosive powder, all of them wired in a circle. In the middle were two jars with a liquid and a small device with a flashing red light.
With technicians now able to move freely about the unit, the investigation has picked up speed.
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Aurora police, assisted by technical experts from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were poring over the physical and documentary evidence. Meanwhile, investigators continued to interview associates of Holmes and at least 80 people who have called in tips.
After having initially warned police about the trap in his apartment, Holmes stopped cooperating and was offering no help, police said.
Rajwinder Kaur is a young woman who resided in Queens, New York. The 26-year-old went missing Sunday after going to do volunteer work at a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, NY and never returned. Hours later, her sister, Gurpreet, received a very disturbing text stating: "The girl with this phone is dead, was smiling". The family is terrified. There have been no other traces of Rajwinder besides her phone being tracked to Brooklyn the night she disappeared and then, it was shut off. Police have told the family that she may have joined a cult and the text could mean the old Rajwinder is dead to you and the new one is with us.
The family is not buying that. They said she did take a recent trip to India and became more spiritual, but she would not join a religious cult. The family is doing all they can to get the word out about Rajwinder's disappearance. They have taken toFacebook and Twitter and posted flyers. If you know anything about Kaur's disappearance, you can call 1-800-577-TIPS or visit nypdcrimestoppers.com
Michelle Obama, our First Lady, has been threatned. An offier is alledged to have said he would shoot her and he also looked up the gun he said he would shoot her with on a phone.
The Post says that The Secret Service have been notified and the Metropolitan Police are investigating. The officer has been moved to adminstrative duty while the investigation proceeds.
The motorman allegedly made the comments Wednesday morning as several officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against President Obama. It was not immediately clear where the alleged conversation took place or exactly how many officers took part in the conversation.
During that conversation, the officials said, the officer allegedly said he would shoot the First Lady and then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use. It was not immediately clear what type of firearm was allegedly shown.
An officer overheard the alleged threat and reported it to a police lieutenant at the Division, who immediately notified superiors, the officials said.
Another zombie type attack has occurred. A man, Carl Jacqueneaux, bit a piece of another man's face and it also involves "bath salts": Huffingtonpost reports:
Another gruesome attack over the weekend involved one man allegedly biting off a piece of another man's face — and like similar cases, this one, too, involves "bath salts."
Louisiana man Carl Jacquneaux, 43, allegedly attacked his neighbor, Todd Credeur, in Lafayette Parish over an undefined domestic issue, KATC reported.
"During the attack, the suspect bit a chunk of the victim's face off," Scott Assistant Police Chief Kert Thomas told the station.
Credeur said he was working in his yard when Jacquneaux showed up and attacked him. Credeur said he defended himself by spraying wasp poison in the man's face.
Police said that Jacquneaux left his victim's house and showed up at another acquaintance's home and held him at knife point before stealing a handgun, according to the Shreveport Times.
A friend of Credeur's, who told KATC that he knows Jacquneaux, said the alleged assailant was using bath salts. But police may never know because they never performed a field sobriety test on the man before he was taken to jail.
Bath salts — chemicals legally sold in head shops and other small stores — can cause hallucinations and paranoia, among other symptoms. The amphetamine cocktail has also been connected to the incident in Miami where a man was shot and killed while chewing off more than 75 percent of a homeless man's face.
Jacquneaux was charged with aggravated burglary, battery, violation of probation, and violation of protective orders. He was held on a $312,500 bond.
Credeur was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta, the suspected Canadian porn killer, has been arrested in Germany according to reports. There has been a man-hunt for him since last week after Montreal police say he dismembered a Chinese student and posted the video on the internet. The student he is accused of killing was 33-year-old Lin-Jun. He was added to Interpol's list of most wanted as well as Montreal issuing a country-wide arrest. They believe Magnotta flew to France after he committed the crime and had been on the run since then. Story Developing……
In the cases of cannibalism that have been cropping up this past week, the Kenyan student who is accused of killing and eating his roommates brains and heart previously made comments on Facebook about "mass human sacrifices". As details continue to emerge about the case, many people have been to obsess about whether there is a so-called "Zombie Apocalypse." The CDC has denied existence of Zombies.
Authorities say Alex Kinyua, 21, admitted using a knife to kill and carve up Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37, before eating his heart and parts of his brain. The older man had been staying with Kinyua's family for about six weeks at their townhouse in the Baltimore suburb of Joppatowne.
Both the victim and his alleged killer had attended nearby Morgan State University, a historically black university in Baltimore. Kinyua had just finished his junior year, and Agyei-Kodie was a graduate student who last attended classes in 2008. Both men were also originally from Africa; Kinyua was from Kenya and Agyei-Kodie from Ghana.
In another bizarre cannibalism case, a man in Sweden has been accused of cutting his wife's lips off, then eating them. Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, reported that the man went into a rage after he suspected his wife, who is a lot younger that he, was having an affair. He believes it is honor related and has no remorse for it. The man feels his wife insulted him. The newspapers says that he went for the wife's lips because he didn't want them to be able to be sewn back on. The attacker has not been identified.
Another bizarre case of dark and twisted has arisen behavoir as cops say a 21- year- old Morgan State University student killed and ate the brains and heart of a roomate: Huffingtonpost reports:
In yet another horrifying incident of human flesh-eating this week, a student in Maryland allegedly admitted to devouring his roommate's brain and heart.
Alexander Kinyua, a 21-year-old Morgan State University student, admitted to murdering his roommate Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, who was reported missing last Friday, cops told the Baltimore Sun.
Kinyua's father called police late Tuesday night when Kinyua's brother reportedly found human remains — a head and two hands — in a metal tin in the basement. The brother and father left the room for a short time, but when they came back, the body parts had been moved and Kinyua was washing out the tin, the paper reported.
Officers searched the house and arrested Kinyua. The man allegedly confessed a shocking revelation: not only had he killed Agyei-Kodie by cutting him up with a knife and then dismembered him, he ingested parts of the victim's brain and all of his heart. He then allegedly dropped most of the remains in a Dumpster behind a church in Joppatowne.
It's yet unclear what Kinyua's motive may have been, but he was charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday. In another incident on May 20, he was charged with first-degree assault when he allegedly beat a fellow student randomly with a baseball bat and then fled into the woods.