Defense wraps up opening statement, Judge Samour now reminding people in the courtroom not to discuss the trial and not to do any independent research into the case.
"When he stepped into that theater, his thoughts and actions were consumed by his disease," defense attorney says. Could not distinguish between right and wrong.
Holmes told friend who reached out to him: "Flood gates are open now," defense attorney says.
"It is a battle for him. He writes about it in his notebook," defense attorney says.
Defense plays recording of interview with Holmes - "Where does such a strong force come from?" Dr. Reed asks. "I don't know. It just took hold of my mind," Holmes answers.
Dr. Fenton's notes show clear decline in Holmes' mental state from March to June, per defense attorney.
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Dr. Fenton asked "What is the evil you want to do?" and Holmes said "Kill people of course, that's why I live in the future," defense attorney says.
Holmes' spending quadrupled in the weeks after being put on medication, also exhibited signs of hyperactivity, defense attorney says.
Holmes told psychiatrist Dr. Fenton he was having homicidal thoughts 3-4 times a day, defense says.
Psychiatrist Dr. Fenton met with Holmes for about an hour, recognized and suspected psychotic-level thinking right away, per defense.
First counselor who saw Holmes, Margaret Roth, said "He is the most anxious guy she's ever seen," per defense.
"We don't have to make a guess about his mental state, we have documentation leading up to the shooting," defense attorney says.
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Holmes started believing in idea of "human capital" - that killing others would increase his self worth. Experts agree that is delusional thinking, defense says.
Holmes started seeing shadows and hallucinating in the early months of 2012, defense attorney says.
Holmes' mental break was caused by psychological stressors, including the breakup with his girlfriend and social phobias, defense attorney says.
Defense atty Spengler: "He was living in reality but his mind was divorced from reality"
James Holmes suffered a mental break in the spring and summer of 2012, Defense Attorney Katherine Spengler said.
Defense Attorney Katherine Spengler: James Holmes had homicidal thoughts as a child.
About defense attorney Katherine Spengler: She graduated from CU Law in 2002. She is adjunct faculty at CU Law teaching trial advocacy and has also lectured about opening statements, but is not teaching this semester. Also defended Austin Sigg, who killed and dismembered Jessica Ridgeway. He was sentenced to life in prison.
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.