On July 12, 2012, the lives of twelve people in a Colorado movie theater came to an end, but the situation for James Holmes is far from over. A hearing took place at the Arapahoe County District Court Thursday, Feb. 27, and Judge Carlos Samour made the decision to set a trial date for Oct. 14 of this year.
James Holmes was the admitted perpetrator of the mass shooting that took place during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora, Co. When the smoke cleared, 12 people were killed and 70 more were wounded.
Following the shooting, Holmes was arrested next to his car, which was located behind the scene of the incident. He was then placed in the Arapahoe Detention Center, where he was being held in solitary confinement without bail. This was Holmes’ first criminal offense.
After a year of facing numerous charges as well as court appearances, Holmes was placed in the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, Co on Aug. 5, 2013. Two weeks later, he was transferred back to jail and he will remain there until the trial.
Come October, the first phase of this trial will consist of 6,000 prospective jurors, making it one of the largest jury calls in United States history. At the same time though, the jury selection process could take three months, which means that opening statements may not begin until 2015. For those who are interested in this event, they will have to hold their breaths.