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Cinema Shooting: Suspect 'Took Self-Portraits'
Suspected killer James Holmes took self-portraits with an iPhone the night he carried out a cinema massacre, sticking out his tongue, smiling and posing with a pistol, a court has heard.
Police showed the photos on the third and final day of a preliminary hearing to determine if Holmes should stand trial for the attack last July that killed 12 people and wounded 58.
In court, police also revealed pictures they say Holmes took of the theatre a month before the attack in Aurora, Colorado.
One shows an exit door like the one investigators say Holmes propped open the night of the atrocity.
Defence lawyers chose not to call any witnesses during the hearing in Centennial, saying the rules of the hearing severely limited what evidence they could present.
They had been granted permission to call two people to talk about Holmes' mental state.
Judge William Sylvester said he will rule by Friday on whether Holmes should stand trial. Prosecutors have yet to say whether they will seek the death penalty.
If the judge decides Holmes should stand trial - as appears increasingly likely - a new arraignment would be held on Friday.
The defence had been expected to use Holmes' mental instability as a reason he should not go on trial, but are now expected to opt for an insanity defence.
They have previously said their client is mentally ill.
However, that strategy could be viewed as at odds with the methodical way in which the attack appears to have been carried out.
Police say Holmes stocked up on weapons, ammunition and body armour in the months leading up to the massacre, and that he elaborately booby trapped his apartment with improvised napalm.
On Tuesday, police testified that Holmes was seen playing puppets just after his arrest, using paper bags that had been put over his hands to preserve any potential evidence.