Aurora Theater Shooting

Aurora theater shooting: Preliminary hearing in James Holmes case to start Monday

An important hearing in the case of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes will start Monday, January 7 at 9 a.m.

This morning, prosecutors and Holmes's defense attorneys told the judge in the case that they're ready to proceed with the preliminary hearing, which is expected to reveal many more details about the July 20 mass shooting that left twelve dead and seventy injured.

The court has reserved a week for the preliminary hearing. Prosecutors expect to play 911 calls and show photos and video, in addition to calling witnesses, said prosecutor Karen Pearson. Because there are so many victims, she gave Judge William Sylvester a chart to keep track of the testimony to be presented.

The preliminary hearing will be held in the courthouse's biggest courtroom, Sylvester said. There will also be overflow rooms capable of seating hundreds of people who will show video and audio of the hearing. Victims, families and media are expected to attend.

Holmes is charged with 166 crimes related to the shooting: 24 counts of first-degree murder, 140 counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder, one count of possession of explosive devices and one sentence enhancer for a crime of violence. He attended today's short hearing wearing a maroon jail jumpsuit.

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "Photos: Aurora, Columbine families hold emotional conference urging gun reforms."

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