Defense attorney Katherine Spengler takes over opening statement from public defender Dan King.
Defense describes Holmes' family history of mental illness.
Holmes appears distracted and aloof in court due to the medications he is taking, the public defender says.
Public defender: Holmes is taking anti-psychotic medications and has improved. But, "It does not cure schizophrenia."
Holmes was hearing up to 8 voices at a time when he was transferred from jail to Denver General, public defender says.
Public defender: In jail, James Holmes repeatedly talked about seeing "shadows" and smeared feces on himself. He was send to Denver General after running head-first into a wall.
Public defender: In jail, Holmes ate lunch meat between two flattened cups and licked the walls.
Public defender: When asked why he fell off a bed in jail, Holmes told the deputy "I don't know if you are real."
Public defender: Holmes has been medicated for 2 years.
Public defender plays audio of police talking to Holmes after they bagged his hands to protect gun residue. When asked what he thought the bags were for, Holmes answered "Popcorn."
Public defender says officers described James Holmes as sweaty, disoriented and staring into space as they arrested him. He did not resist.
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Public defender Dan King says "he now regrets what took place in the theater"
About Dr. Jeffrey Metzner: He was the first doctor assigned to conduct a sanity evaluation of James Holmes at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. Prosecutors argued that at least one aspect of the examination was unfair, "Because Dr. [Jeffrey] Metzner had an 'unfair bias.'"
Public defender says the district attorney left out that Holmes told people what he was thinking, documented it in writing and he sought help.
Public defender plans to describe evidence of mental illness AFTER the shooting, then go back to his childhood.
Public defender: "Accept the reality of mental disease and you can answer all the questions that need answering in this case - including 'Why?'"
Public defender: "There is no evidence [Holmes] is faking anything."
Public defender: James Holmes has been treated by more than 20 doctors. "Every single one of them agrees on two things, 1. Mr. Holmes suffers from a severe mental illness that shapes and forms his actions, and 2. Mr. Holmes is not [faking]."
Public defender: "People don't choose schizophrenia. It comes in your genes."
Public defender: "Nothing that took place [at the movie theater or at Holmes' apartment] is under dispute... our role here is to insist Mr. Holmes be treated fairly... as a human being suffering from a severe mental illness."
Defense attorney: "They seek the conviction and death of James Holmes and nothing else."
@TravisAllison: I suspect we will find out more about that later, and we know we'll hear from multiple doctors
"You're being asked to set aside fundamental human emotions. I don't know how you're going to do that, but that is your task," Defense atty. Dan King tells the jury
Defense attorney: Holmes "was compelled to act. There was no choice to be made... he felt as if he was possessed."
Defense attorney: Psychotic delusions controlled Holmes and commanded him to act.