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  1/7/2013, Tevet 25, 5773

Colorado Massacre Hearing: Eerily Calm After Shooting


Police officers were among the first people to testify at the court hearing of James Holmes, the man accused of carrying out a massacre at a movie theater in the US state of Colorado. The week-long preliminary hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to move along with a trial, as Holmes' attorneys argue that the alleged killer is not fit to stand trial. 

One officer testified that when he arrived at the scene of the massacre, which left 12 dead and 58 wounded, he found Holmes eerily calmly standing outside his car in the theater's parking lot.

“He was very relaxed,” said the police officer, Jason Oviatt. “It was like there weren’t normal emotional responses to anything. He seemed very detached.”

Holmes is charged with 160 counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.