The meticulous planning Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes went through to hide his intentions to commit mass murder and cause maximum carnage showed he was sane at the time, a psychiatrist testified in his murder trial on Thursday.
But court-appointed psychiatrist William Reid admitted under questioning from a defense lawyer that the shooting rampage would not have happened were it not for the defendant’s serious mental illness.
Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 others inside a Denver-area cinema during a viewing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.
Prosecutors have charged Holmes with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder, and have said they will seek the death penalty for the Californian if he is convicted.
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