Families of Aurora theater victims plan public statement
February 16. 2013 7:58PM
They will hold a news conference to discuss behind-the-scenes events and will ‚??speak with one voice‚?Ě for the benefit of all the victims, they said in a news release.
The release did not elaborate on the events they plan to discuss. Anita Busch, a spokeswoman for the group, declined to comment on the topics.
Busch said she expects the families of most of the 12 people killed in the July 20 shootings to be represented. A heavily armed gunman wearing body armor and a gas mask opened fire in a packed theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie.
In addition to the 12 killed, 58 were injured.
Only a handful of family members of the slain victims have spoken publicly, and most of their comments came in the first few days after the shooting. A joint appearance by multiple families would be a first in the case.
Charges against the suspect, James Eagan Holmes, 24, include murder and attempted murder. He is being held without bail and has not entered a plea.
His defense lawyers have said he is mentally ill.
Holmes was a first-year Ph.D. student in a neuroscience program at the University of Colorado Denver but had told the school he was withdrawing more than a month before the shootings.
He was seeing a university psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, who is expected to testify at a hearing Thursday.