Holmes’ mental state described
James Holmes’ attorneys began presenting the defense case with a psychia- trist who testified that he had no doubt Holmes was psychotic in the aftermath of a massacre at a packed movie premiere.
Dr. Jonathan Woodcock interviewed Holmes in jail for two hours on July 24, 2012, four days after he opened fire in an Aurora theater, killing 12 people and injuring 70.
The doctor said he found the gunman suffering from severe mental illness that made him “tremendously emotionally f lat.”
The jail visit was not intended for Woodcock to form an opinion on Holmes’ sanity but rather to see whether Holmes was competent to stand trial.
Woodcock was among the f irst witnesses called by the defense in an effort to show Holmes was legally insane at the time of the shooting.