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January 8th, 2013
07:05 AM ET

Criminal Defense Attorney Joey Jackson discusses the latest in Aurora massacre hearing

CNN is reporting new details about the immediate aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting this morning as the preliminary hearing of suspect James Holmes continues today. A police officer testified that Holmes “seemed very detached from it all.” Other officers described the chaos and confusion at the scene as they tried to help victims. More witnesses will take the stand today. The hearing will ultimately determine whether there is probable cause for a trial. Criminal Defense Attorney Joey Jackson comes to “Early Start” this morning to discuss the latest developments.

Prosecutors are presenting their evidence against Holmes in this preliminary hearing. Jackson explains that, while the jury is watching, “the judge is examining is all of the evidence to determine whether or not that evidence meets the standard of having him legally held and, of course, having the trial move forward.” He thinks the judge will make that determination and move forward to that trial. “And that's when there will be fireworks.”

Jackson also offers his idea of whether there will be a plea deal. "I think with this mounting evidence,” he says, “it would be incumbent upon the defense team to contemplate a plea deal, particularly if they're looking to save his life which might be something that would entice them to say ‘I’m guilty.’”

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  1. Lois

    Joey, I'm following the Jodi Arias trial and, as a result, have become a hug fan of yours. Of coure, I've seen and heard you before, but am paying strict attention to your comments and analysis of the Arias trial as it evolves. As a member of Mensa, I am truly impressed with your intellect and sense of logic and reason. Don't always agree with your assessments, but enjoy the careful thought you give them and usually do agree with your line of thinking. May justice prevail in the Arias case.

    April 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  2. Allen

    Arias trial note that the spent 25caliber casing on the floor laying on top of blood the spent shell is brass the brass is very faded in color suggesting not very new bullet sign that it has been in gun awhile ak stolen gun grandmas they have been in gun for long long time casings take a very long time to fade.Age Of Shell will tell that it's been left in gun for a very long time to have faded the brass casing I once found old gun that casing had similar discolored showing us its age ak grandmas stolen and never shot for long time firenzics can tell us she's done with this info.

    March 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  3. Kathy Sanchez

    Love ya! Move to Southern Ca incase I ever need a layer. Tell everyone on HLN to quit helping the defense in Jodi's trial.Lol. For being poor meek Jodi she sure holds up to Martinez. I bet she screamed & yelled back at Travis! Have a great day!

    February 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply

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