Holmes’ men­tal state de­scribed

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

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.

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