Because the movie theater shooting gunman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, the jury's decision may well hinge on the doctors they choose to trust or distrust.
Both the prosecution and defense presented doctors to opine about the gunman's legal sanity or insanity at the time of the crime as defined by Colorado law. Additionally, the defense presented a variety of doctors to testify about the gunman's alleged mental state and the ways it was assessed after the shooting.
1. Dr. William Reid says the gunman knew what he was doing and knew the consequences
2. Dr. Lynne Fenton, who treated the gunman before the shooting, says the gunman never told her about his weapons or plans to attack.
3. Dr. Jeffrey Metzner, James Holmes' first sanity exam doctor, says the malingering tests he conducted confirm the gunman wasn't faking his illness.
4. Dr. Jonathan Woodcock said gunman was 'severely mentally ill'
5. Dr. Elizabeth Lowdermilk testifies gunman could be psychotic and still plan the shooting
6. Dr. Rose Manguso said test results showed the gunman was not faking a mental illness
7. Dr. Raquel Gur testified that the shooting can be traced back to the gunman's delusions. She said he suffers from schizophrenia and she believes he should be considered legally insane.
Prosecutors featured the testimony of the two state-appointed doctors in their case, but unlike the defense also left the jury with several emotional, visceral moments to remember.