Det. Craig Appel said the gunman admitted playing 25 minutes of silence before loud music, hoping neighbors would call police.
Det. Craig Appel: "[The gunman] stated that he placed numerous devices in his apartment to catch fire and explode, hoping police would respond there instead of the theater."
Det. Craig Appel said he brought a recording device into the interview room, but he accidentally turned it off for a few minutes. Appel said "he had a weird feeling" and checked the recorder and turned it back on.
Det. Craig Appel said the gunman did turn to respond to questions by FBI Bomb Technician Garrett Gumbinner.
Det. Craig Appel describes demeanor of gunman: "He appeared somewhat tired.... spoke in a low voice, monotone... wouldn't make eye contact."
Det. Craig Appel testifies he participated in the interview of the gunman. Identifies the gunman as James Holmes.
APD Det. Appel is now on a joint task with the FBI but was head investigator of the theater shooting for APD.
- New Witness
Prosecution calls Aurora Police Department Detective Craig Appel.
Brandon Axelrod dismissed from the witness stand.
Brandon Axelrod on treatment at Aurora South: "I was given an ice pack and a Bandaid... I tore a ligament in my ankle... I had bits of plastic from the seats in front of me embedded up and down the right side of my body."
Brandon Axelrod: "My leg hurt but it didn't matter."
Prosecutor: "Why didn't it matter?"
Axelrod: "I just got married. It didn't matter."
Brandon Axelrod: "I tried to Keep Josh calm. I had bits of him on me... I was concerned that if we didn't get help he was going to die."
Brandon Axelrod: "We just tried to stay quiet as long as we could. Unfortunately, when Josh go shot, he screamed out."
Brandon Axelrod: "When I saw the smoke I got worried and when the shooting started we got down."
Brandon Axelrod: "I heard a hissing sound, I saw something go across the lit screen, going right to left... and then the shooting started."
Brandon Axelrod and his wife, Denise, had just returned from their honeymoon. They watched a marathon of Batman movies before going to the theater, Axelrod testified.
- New Witness
Prosecution calls Brandon Axelrod, husband of Denise Axelrod and friend of Joshua Nowlan.
@Amy: The defense has objected quite a bit, actually. Mostly to groups of survivors detailing similar details, and to the prosecution showing certain pictures.
@NT8: What problems are you experiencing? The feed seems to be clear on our end.
Denise Axelrod on when she discovered she has actually been shot: "After 2 weeks, it was severely bruised. I went to my primary care doctor." She got new x-rays and her doctor discovered the bullet and removed it.
Denise Axelrod on being treated at Aurora South: "The hospital had mixed up the x-rays and told me I had just been grazed." She was released.
Denise Axelrod about arriving at the triage center: "My husband Brandon had pulled my pants down and said I was bleeding." Said she refused to go to the hospital without her husband.
Denise Axelrod: "Brandon was pushing me up the stairs, something happened, he turned me around and pushed me back down the stairs... we got to the bottom of the stairs and had to step over a man... I don't know if he was dead... the walls were smeared with so much blood."
Denise Axelrod on seeing Joshua Nowlan's injury: "His arm was resting on the seat, and most of it was missing."
When asked about her familiarity with firearms, Denise Axelrod said, "Number one, I grew up in the South."
These are the charges that apply to Denise Axelrod:
COUNT 63-Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder in the First Degree (F2)
COUNT 121-Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder in the First Degree (F2)
Denise Axelrod: "I don't remember saying anything besides 'I love you' and 'please make it stop.'"
Denise Axelrod compared gunman's actions to "spray and pray" video game tactic of just shooting everything possible.
Denise Axelrod: "My husband told me not scream... I told him I loved him because I didn't know if it would be the last time I could do so."
Denise Axelrod: "My husband grabbed my by the back of the neck and threw me to the ground and covered me with part of his body."
Denise Axelrod said there were still many seats open when they arrived and they choose a spot in the middle of the theater.
- New Witness
Prosecution calls 39th witness: Denise Axelrod, friend of shooting survivor Joshua Nowlan.
Judge Samour will allow prosecution to present a transcript of an FBI interview with the gunman. Jurors will be told it is up to them to judge how accurate it is.
Background on FBI Bomb Technician Garrett Gumbinner: Testified at preliminary hearing that fires and explosions would have resulted from the combinations of napalm, gasoline, gun powder and bullets inside Holmes' apartment. Gumbinner said that Holmes told him the goal was to get officers to set off the booby traps and draw most of the first responders in Aurora to Paris Street.