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James Holmes being evicted: Guess those bombs broke his lease

Yesterday's court hearing for James Holmes, at which his attorneys repeatedly said their client is mentally ill, wasn't the only court proceeding involving the accused Aurora theater shooter.

As seen in a document on view below, his landlord is also going through the formal process of evicting him...for reasons that are all too obvious.

Not only is Holmes accused of murdering twelve people and injuring more than fifty others during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises at the Aurora Century 16, but his apartment, at 1690 Paris Street, was filled with explosives. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said the devices were rigged to kill.

The scene from the apartment complex as seen on July 20. Holmes lived in the top left-corner apartment.
The scene from the apartment complex as seen on July 20. Holmes lived in the top left-corner apartment.
Photo by Dave Herrera

To put it mildly, these offenses are a lot worse than not cleaning up after your cat. But nonetheless, the procedure for evicting even a heinous mass murderer is not much different than it would be for infinitely more mundane matters. The document filed by Holley Realty and Management LLC on behalf of Mark N. Tschetter and found by the Denver Post follows a familiar template, blandly declaring that Holmes has "defaulted on the lease or contract by failing to pay rent or amounts required under the tersm of the lease or contract and/or by failing to comply with the terms, conditions, and.or covenants of the lease or legal notice(s) and/or demand(s) concerning their occupancy of the premises."

How so? The document states: "In particular, you murdered numerous individuals, materially and substantially damaged the premises, and booby trapped the premises substantially endangering property and person. You have been charged with and are facing prosecuting [sic] for multiple felonies in connection with your illegal activities."

Adds attorney Victor Sulzer, who represents the management company, in a conversation with the Post: "The bombs were an endangerment of property and other tenants."

Hard to argue with that logic. Yet there's something strangely reassuring about Holmes being told he can't come home again in a pro forma manner. Now he'll have to rely on the state to provide him room and board -- something his attorneys are working to make permanent rather than temporary.

Here's the eviction notice.

James Holmes Eviction Notice

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "Aurora theater shooting: Neighbors of James Holmes forced to leave apartment building."


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