On Thursday, the federal judge overseeing the case against James Holmes determined that there is sufficient evidence for Holmes to stand trial. The prosecution established probable cause that the accused committed the offenses with which he is charged, ruled Judge William Sylvester. This ruling concluded a three-day preliminary hearing, reports CBS.
Sylvester, whose decision was no surprise, also determined that Holmes will remain in jail without bond. Holmes faces 166 charges for the slaughter on July 20 that left 12 dead and 70 injured, 58 of them with gunshot wounds.
The charges include murder and attempted murder for the attack at the Colorado theater during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." It was expected that on Friday, after being formally charged, Holmes would declare his guilt or innocence during an arraignment. However, defense lawyers said he's not ready to enter a plea.
It still is unclear whether Holmes' will plead not guilty by reason of insanity. This may be what the defense is planning because ever since his arrest outside the theater in Aurora, he's displayed bizarre behavior while in the presence of media.
Many believe his strange behavior is just an act. Among those believers is Tom Teves, whose son Alex was among the killed. He expressed how he felt on Wednesday by saying,
"Don't pretend he's crazy! He's not crazy. He's no more crazy than you and I!"