The defense team fighting to save James Holmes’s life now believes it may wrap its evidence in the mitigation portion of this penalty phase as early as tomorrow. Ten witnesses testified last Thursday. There was no court on Friday because a juror was ill but the attorneys made use of the dark day. Eight more witnesses testified out of the jury’s presence; their testimony was recorded and will be played for jurors this week. The majority of these first 18 mitigation witnesses have been teachers, camp counselors, band leader, and family friends who knew Holmes in middle and high school. The State chose not to cross examine many of them.
It is expected that the defense will call Holmes’s parents. Later in the case, jurors will also hear victim impact statements.
It’s possible that the case will end this week or early next week.
Meanwhile, our thoughts are with the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s daughter, who died yesterday while in hospice care in Georgia. Brown was found unconscious lying facedown in a bathtub with a swollen mouth and knocked out tooth on January 31, 2015, days shy of the February 11 anniversary of her mother’s death in 2012. She was in a coma since she was found. Fulton County, GA prosecutors are investigating the case as it’s been reported that Brown and Gordon were fighting earlier that day. Brown reportedly told others that Gordon was not the person she thought he was.