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Aurora Shooting Suspect 'Played Puppets'
Just hours after the deadly Colorado cinema shootings, the accused gunman played hand puppets, a heariing has been told.
James Holmes was apparently seen playing the game using paper bags that had been put over his hands to preserve any potential evidence.
Details of Holmes' curious behaviour during police questioning were revealed on the second day of a hearing to determine whether he should go on trial for the July 20 attack in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
The court also heard how the 25-year-old tried to jam a staple into an electrical outlet in front of officers.
He played with a cup on the table and one officer noted that his eyes were dilated, although there was no evidence he was on drugs.
Defence lawyers are due to begin calling witnesses shortly and are expected to highlight Holmes' mental instability as a possible reason he should not go on trial.
The potential defence strategy does appear to be at odds with the methodical way the attack was carried out.
On Tuesday, a harrowing 911 call played in court revealed how Holmes allegedly fired more than one shot a second at a screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.
It was claimed at least 30 shots could be heard during the 27-second call, which came 18 minutes into the showing.
Police also played a 911 call from a teenage cousin of six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest of the 12 people killed in the Colorado cinema.
"Who's been shot?" the dispatcher asked.
"My two cousins," the young caller said. "On the floor ... not breathing."
The dispatcher tried to talk her through CPR resuscitation, but she could not hear because of the noise in the auditorium.
"Help me!" the girl shouted a few times.
Holmes stared straight ahead as the calls were played, showing no emotion.
FBI bomb technician Garret Gumbinner described how Holmes allegedly set up an elaborate booby trap system to pull police away from the cinema.
The device included improvised napalm and thermite, which burns so hot it cannot be extinguished with water.
Mr Gumbinner said three different ignition systems were found in Holmes' apartment.
A thermos full of glycerin was placed over a skillet full of another chemical. Flames and sparks would have been created if they were mixed and a trip wire linked the thermos to the door.
Police said Holmes hoped a boom box on a timer would lure someone to the apartment.
On Monday, one of the first police officers at the scene told the court he initially thought Holmes was a policeman because he was wearing body armour and a gas mask.
Holmes could face the death penalty if convicted, but lawyers are expected to plead insanity if the case does go to a full trial.