Defense Psychiatrist Faces Tough Questioning In Aurora Theater Shooting Trial

June 26, 2015
Photo: James Holmes sketch, looking down, Aurora theater shooting trial
A courtroom artist's sketch of James Holmes.

Tensions rose as the prosecution grilled a defense witness in the Aurora theater shooting trial Friday. District Attorney George Brauchler aggressively questioned a psychiatric expert who found James Holmes insane at the time of the shooting.

Brauchler noted that Dr. Jonathan Woodcock rendered his opinion before he had finished interviewing Holmes.

"You chose to interview the defendant five days after you issued an opinion on his sanity, and for one hour, is that fair?" asked Brauchler.

"That’s correct," Woodcock responded. 

Woodcock often had trouble recalling information under questioning from Brauchler. But he did insist he has no doubt the defendant is insane. 

Holmes could get the death penalty for killing 12 people and wounding 70 more. He’s pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.