CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The suspect in the Aurora movie shooting showed no emotion in court Thursday as a lawyer discussed a charity's efforts to distribute $4 million it raised for the victims.
James Holmes attended the brief procedural hearing in which the prosecution sought the judge's permission to release contact information on the 12 people killed and 58 injured. Most documents in the case have been sealed, so even that step required Judge William Sylvester's approval.
"People have been incapacitated or lost family members and are in dire financial straits," prosecutor Rich Orman said.
The Colorado foundation Giving First raised the money for the victims and their families. Sylvester later ruled that another group, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, could receive the contact information to give out the $4 million but only after the victims agreed. The organization must keep the information confidential.
Holmes was wide-eyed but didn't show any reaction. He mostly looked ahead but glanced at Orman a few times.
During the half-hour hearing, Holmes looked around the room and straight ahead but didn't focus on whoever was speaking. However, he did appear to be paying attention to the proceedings. He furrowed his brow when some in the courtroom laughed about a quip regarding the trustworthiness of using the U.S. Postal Service to notify each other of actions. When someone entered the hearing late, Holmes looked toward the door.
Also during the hearing, the University of Colorado, where Holmes was a graduate student, turned in 100 pages of documents requested by the prosecution, but one of Holmes' lawyers, Tamara Brady, objected to the judge reading them. The prosecution wants access to the documents to help them make their case that a notebook Holmes sent to University of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton should be allowed into evidence. It reportedly contains descriptions of a violent attack.
Sylvester said he would take up the issue of whether he could view the documents on Aug. 23, pushing back scheduled arguments over whether prosecutors can have access to the notebook for yet another week.
Holmes' other lawyer, Daniel King, said in court last week that Holmes had sought out Fenton for help with his mental illness and the notebook's contents are protected by doctor-patient privilege.
Police said that before the July 20 attack Holmes methodically stockpiled guns, ammunition and material for explosives for months and that he received shipments at both the university and his nearby apartment. Legal analysts widely believe Holmes' mental health will be key to his defense, and Fenton may testify in court.
The university's website identifies Fenton as medical director of its Student Mental Health Services. An online resume said she sees 10 to 15 graduate students a week for medication and psychotherapy, as well as five to 10 patients in her general practice as a psychiatrist.
Holmes enrolled in a doctoral program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz medical campus in June 2011. He left without explanation a month before he is accused of donning riot gear and opening fire on the audience during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie.
The public defenders' office was appointed to represent Holmes in the hours after the shooting at his family's request, according to court documents released earlier this week.
Holmes' lawyers are members of the public defender's capital cases team, which represents people in death penalty cases. District Attorney Carol Chambers has said she is considering pursuing the death penalty.
Colorado defense attorney David Lane, who has been involved in a number of death penalty cases, said there is no issue with the public defenders' abilities.
"Colorado public defenders are the best death penalty lawyers in the United States," Lane said.
Jessica Ghawi, a sports reporter who went by the name of Jessica Redfield, died at the scene of the shooting. Ghawi, 24, was dating minor league hockey player Jay Meloff, and had recently moved to Denver, Colorado from San Antonio Texas. "She was very smart and very funny," said Adrian Dater of The Denver Post. "Just a nice person." Just six weeks prior, Ghawi had survived a shooting at a Toronto mall on June 2 that left one person dead and seven injured. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/20/jessica-ghawi-redfield-batman-shooting_n_1688871.html" target="_hplink">Read more about Jessica Ghawi here.</a>
Zak Golditch, a rising senior at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo. was sitting in a theater adjacent to where shooting began and was hit in the neck by a bullet that punctured the wall. He has now been released from the hospital. Golditch is a local football and track star, and hopes that his injuries will not prevent him from playing football in the fall.
Bonnie Kate Pourciau
Bonnie Kate Pourciau, 18, a Baton Rouge, La, resident was on vacationing when she was wounded by a bullet that struck her knee. Pourciau, who will be starting college this fall, was attending the premiere with a Baton Rouge friend, Elizabeth Sumrall, who was not hurt.
Despite being shot in the head, leg, arm and chest, Louis Duran (L.) emerged from the hospital the day after the shooting. Jahlil Hall posed with him for this bedside photo after learning his friend would survive the massacre. Hall told ABC News that Duran skipped their weekly basketball game on Thursday night to attend the premier with two pals from high school.
Christopher Raspoza of Brooklyn, NY, was grazed in the back by a bullet. He was attending the movie with his girlfriend, who was unharmed. He posted several pictures on Imgur from his hospital bed, including his bloody t-shirt and the gory bullet wound in his back.
Christopher Rapoza's Bloodstained Shirt
While recovering in the hospital, Raspoza holds up his blood-soaked shirt from the night of the shooting.
Samantha Yowler and Matt McQuinn
Ohio natives Samantha Yowler and her boyfriend, Matt McQuinn, were attending the premiere together when the shooting began. Both are 2004 graduates of Ohio high schools and now reside in Colorado, where they are both employed by Target. A co-worker describes the couple as "really fun people."
Gage Hankins, an 18-year-old resident of Forest, Ohio, was shot in the arm and is expected to recover. The recent high school graduate was on a family vacation and was attending a movie with his younger brother. They were seated in a theater adjacent to where the gunman started shooting.