CENTENNIAL, Colo. — It was just hours after a deadly Colorado theater shooting, and James Holmes was not acting like a man accused of methodically planning the attack and booby trapping his apartment.
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. At least two officers 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.
Defense attorneys say Holmes is mentally ill, and have used their questions to try to make that point. They haven’t elaborated but plan to call at least two witnesses later in the week who could discuss Holmes’ mental health.
The description of Holmes after the attack, given by police detective Craig Appel, seemed to undercut prosecutors’ attempts to show Holmes as methodical, spending two months to assemble his arsenal.