A preliminary hearing of the tragic movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado begins today. Prosecutors are set to unveil evidence against James Holmes, the 25-year-old suspect who is charged with killing 12 people and wounding at least 58 others at a midnight showing of the Dark Knight last July. It will be the first time the public will hear details of the shooting as the judge in the case determines whether the evidence presented is sufficient for Holmes to stand trial on more than 150 counts, including murder, attempted murder and weapons charges. Anne Bremner is a criminal defense attorney. She discusses what to expect from the case today on “Early Start” this morning.
“This may be the only hearing where the facts are vetted,” Bremner says. “There may not be a trial if there’s some kind of bargain in the works in the future.” She explains that it will be difficult for victims, but in her experience as a former prosecutor, they want to be present to hear all the details. “There’s gonna be autopsy reports. There’s gonna be video from the within the theater. There’s gonna be first-hand accounts of how he was shooting again and again and again at people. People were dying. That will all be in this hearing.”