Benjamin attended three days of the suspect in the Aurora, Co. movie theater shooting, James Holmes' preliminary trial. She dyed her hair orange in support of him. The University of Phoenix graduate said that she made the decision to dye her hair so that 25-year-old Holmes would know that he had her support.
"Tons of people are hating me because I'm deciding to be compassionate and show compassion for a person that committed a horrendous crime," she reportedly told the Daily Beast.
Despite the horrifying details, Misty Benjamin said 'When they showed photos of him, everything I saw were cries for help.
She added that she doesn't think Holmes is a bad guy, but "what he did was bad."
The Daily Beast also reported that Misty carries a yellow notebook with her to court. In it, she wrote:
“We are not supposed to go through life alone, so why should James go through his trial alone? James is not alone, he has me.”
Holmes faces more than 160 charges in the mass shooting and for allegedly setting up a series explosive traps in his home for police.
James Holmes fan club
On Facebook, thousands of people have joined fan pages for Holmes where court sketches, memes and messages of support are written.
Misty Benjamin met her best friend in a Facebook group "James Holmes is Innocent". The group currently has 630 member. Tumblr accounts have also been created, encouraging Holmes supporters to write to him in prison to 'let him know you care'.
It's unclear whether the site is satire since there are only 48 likes to the page, but "Holmies For James Holmes" has already enraged other Facebook users. It features photoshopped pictures of the suspect, as well as user-submitted drawings and calls for a not-guilty verdict in the case.
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