Robert Holmes says he visited his son in jail 3 times. Once while he still had red hair
"He seemed... he was clearly really messed up. His eyes were bulging out. His pupils were dilated. He was able to talk to us, which was good. He told us he loved us, which was good. But I could see there was something really wrong with him"
Robert Holmes says their letters were limited because of the trial, because they are evidence
What is your fondest memory of your son? "I think he was happiest when he was playing soccer, as a young kid"... "I think that was the happiest part of his life and probably ours too."
- Cross-examination starts
Brauchler will cross examine Robert Holmes
DA asks about Arlene Holmes taking their son to a social worker for acting out. Robert says "He had a late, terrible twos"... what Robert Holmes describes as tantrums
Robert Holmes says he doesn't remember himself that his wife took her son there
Robert Holmes confirms they went to the family counselor for "quite a few visits"
"I didn't detect that Jim was necessarily becoming better socialized"
Robert Holmes says Mel the doctor said there was nothing to worry about
"I would agree that the fact that he didn't have academic problem, I had much less concern"
Robert Holmes says he did talk to his son about the schools he applied to during that first round of applications. Those schools all rejected him, didn't get any interviews
"He should've had a 'plan b' school in the original pot"
Brauchler clarifies that defendant applied to a temp agency who found the pill factory job, Robert Holmes says he didn't know that detail of it