James Holmes turned paper bags into hand puppets just hours after the Aurora theater shooting, says a Colorado detective. In a hearing, prosecutors tried to show that James Holmes was mentally competent, methodically planning the July 2012 attack that killed 12 people.
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As a police detective interviewed the suspect they'd picked up outside the theater, he started pretending the paper bags on his hands — meant to preserve gunshot residue — were puppets.
The former neuroscience graduate student tried to jam a staple into an electrical outlet. He played with a cup on the table. An officer noted that his eyes were dilated.
The description came Tuesday as prosecutors try to show that Holmes should face a trial for the July 20 attack at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." He faces more than 160 felony charges for allegedly killing 12 and injuring 70. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
The hearing continued Wednesday. Defense attorneys say Holmes is mentally ill and have said they might call witnesses who could discuss Holmes' mental health.
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