James Holmes in court: Witnesses describe scene

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AURORA, CO – There were 12 people who walked into Aurora, Colorado’s Century Theatre the night of July 20th who never came back out. Monday, survivors of that shooting and victims’ families are hoping that alleged shooter James Holmes will eventually see that same fate, of never leaving jail.

A mix of emotions surrounding the first day of preliminary hearings against Holmes, who’s facing 166 charges, including several murder and attempted murder charges. Since the shooting a gag order has kept authorities quiet on what happened inside the dark theater that night, but new details about the mad man with a gun came to light inside the courtroom.

Witnesses say Holmes was “very detached from it all.” Attendants in the courtroom listened to first responders’ accounts of what they saw and heard that night in the theater. One officer recalls seeing “a trail of blood that led to the theater” when he first confronted Holmes. As if the scene video wasn’t enough, the gory details from the people who were inside were almost too much to handle.

Regardless of what we find out about 25-year-old Holmes’ mental state or his diminished capacity, there’s simply no explanation for what happened in that theater.

This is one story without a happy ending.

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