As James Holmes will soon make his way to face court proceedings today for his involvement of Aurora, Colorado mass shooting, the local district attorney is weighing whether to pursue the death penalty against James Hollow.
As of yet a decision on whether to charge James Holmes with capital murder has not been made, but Arapahoe County District County District Attorney Carol Chambers has said she is discussing the mandate with victims and their family members.
abc: There are currently only four people on Colorado’s death row, and only one person has been executed in that state since 1976.
Nevertheless, experts expect prosecutors to seek the death penalty when Holmes is formally charged later this week.
Holmes is expected in court today for a preliminary hearing.
With the first public appearance of James Holmes today, emotions are set to be very high as the community seeks to address questions and seek answers for what has befallen it. Interestingly James Holmes parents who have extended their regard and concern for the victims and the family have at this time chosen to remain silent.
The suspect will be brought to court from his jail cell at Arapahoe County Jail through an underground tunnel.
The court appearance is expected to be brief and will start the clock on the 72-hour deadline for the district attorney to file formal charges at an arraignment where Holmes will enter his plea.
As he stands there in front of the judge today and court witnesses one can only wonder what will be going on in the mind of James Holmes. Whether he will feel vindicated, ashamed, perturbed, resilient or simply nothing.
To date authorities have stated that James Holmes refuses to cooperate and divulge any information and it is presumed that the young man is still adopting the role persona of the Joker. It is widely expected court attendees will be closely watching James Holmes for clues and wondering to themselves how the young man with a once promising future so horribly careened out of control?
Prosecutors will have 72 hours from the hearing to formally charge the 24-year-old Aurora resident originally from California.