Smartphone Photos Show Holmes Planned 'Dark Knight' Movie Theater Massacre, Prosecutors Say

Smartphone photographs show suspect James Holmes carefully planned the July 20 massacre of 12 people at a Colorado movie theater with “deliberation and extreme indifference,” the prosecution says.

As a preliminary hearing continued on Wednesday, the state presented a series of photos taken as early as June 29 that were found on Holmes’ cellphone after the shooting. They included photos of the interior and exterior of the Century 16 theater in Aurora, guns, ammunition and Holmes himself, posing in one picture with a Glock handgun, explain the Denver Post and the New York Post.

Holmes faces 166 charges including multiple counts of murder and attempted murder (at least 58 people survived the attack with injuries). He reportedly asked questions such as “Will you visit me in prison?” on Internet dating profiles and purchased his ticket for the premiere of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, nearly two weeks in advance of the showing, according to a U.S. News and World Report round-up of the testimony so far.

The defense had been expected to focus on evidence that could support an insanity defense for Holmes. However, the Denver Post says lead counsel Daniel King told the court Wednesday that, as far as his client’s mental state is concerned, “Absent a complete waiver of privilege, our ability to present such evidence would be limited.”

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