Holmes’ Sister Says She Still Loves Him; Parents’ Testimony Expected Next

July 28, 2015

Defense attorneys in the Aurora theater shooting case say they plan to call more witnesses Tuesday who can testify about James Holmes' character. 

Expected to take the stand are Holmes' parents, Robert and Arlene Holmes, who have been sitting behind him in the courtroom every day of his 12-week trial.

Holmes was found guilty of killing 12 people in a crowded movie theater three years ago.  Now jurors are weighing death or life in prison.

Holmes' younger sister Chris Holmes testified Monday that her brother had a normal childhood in California. She told jurors that her brother loved dogs, was kind to her, and always looked out for their mother.

Holmes’ attorney Rebecca Higgs asked if Holmes still loves her brother. "I still love him," Holmes’ sister answered.

She also became emotional as jurors were shown pictures of the two growing up.

Earlier in the day a psychiatric expert told the jury that the defendant was seriously mentally ill -- even though he knew what he was doing was wrong.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.