Dan King, James Holmes’ Lawyer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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This man is about to become the most unpopular man in Colorado, if not America. Public defender Daniel King is trying to get accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes off of the death penalty. Holmes, 27, is charged with over 100 offenses related to the attack which killed 12 people on the night of July 20, 2012. The state wants Holmes dead.

Here’s what you need to know about the man with one of the toughest jobs in the world:


1. King Has Sought to Delay James Holmes’ Trial at Every Opportunity

UPDATE: Colorado Shooter James Holmes 1st Court Appearances w/ VICTIM PHOTOS & LINKS (FULL VIDEO)July 23, 2012 Full Video of Aurora Colorado Shooter James Eagan Holmes First Court Appearance in the Arapahoe County County Court in Centennial Colorado. The suspected 24 year old gunman in the Colorado theater massacre faced a judge Monday in his first court appearance after the horrific attack on midnight moviegoers at a Batman film premiere early Friday morning July 20, 2012. Wearing orange-red hair and looking at times drugged, semi emotional and at other times bleary-eyed, James Holmes sat in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit as Chief Judge William Sylvester advised him of the case. Attorney Tamara Brady, from the state public defender's office, sat next to him in the box; attorney Daniel King is also assigned to his case. Relatives of at least five victims were present in the courtroom during the hearing, including the father of shooting victim Alex Teves, who sat in the front row with his eyes fixed on Holmes. Holmes has been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility since Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder, and he could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations. Formal charges will be made in Holmes next court appearance scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2012 The 12 victims: Alex Sullivan: Was celebrating 27th birthday John Larimer: 27-year-old in the U.S. Navy Jessica Ghawi: Recently survived Toronto mall shooting, 24-years-old Micayla Medek: 23-year old Jon Blunk: 26-year-old killed shielding girlfriend, Jansen Young Alex Teves: 24-year-old who recently earned master's degree Alexander "AJ" Boik: 18-year-old recently graduated high school Gordon Cowden: 51-year-old father of two Veronica Moser-Sullivan: 6-year-old Jesse Childress: 29-year-old Staff sergeant with Buckley Air Force Base Matt McQuinn: 27-year-old killed while shielding his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler Rebecca Wingo: 32-year-old Update: July 30, 2012 Holmes has been charged with: 24 counts of first-degree murder (12 victims) 116 counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder (58 victims injured) 1 count of possession of explosive devices 1 sentence enhancer for a crime of violence During his first court appearance a week ago, Holmes appeared dazed and sleepy. But this morning, he seemed to be paying attention to the proceedings. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom. He sat with his lawyers at the defense table in a maroon jumpsuit. His hair was still dyed, though it looked more faded — pink on top and orange around the bottom. It was less bushy, as if it'd been combed. Link to Charging Document http://www.scribd.com/doc/101542870/James-Holmes-Charging-Document Next court hearing is August 9, 2012 1:30pm Link to all documents related to State of Colorado vs James Eagan Holmes http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Case_Details.cfm?Case_ID=1522012-07-24T01:26:41.000Z

After initially planning to plead guilty to the charges on behalf of Holmes in an attempt to avoid the death penalty, King later pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The trial began on April 27, nearly three years after the shooting, in Arapahoe County District Court. The delays were mainly due to objections from King. He first argued that the insanity plea rules were unconstitutional. The Denver Post reported in May 2013 that King felt it was unfair that Colorado’s insanity laws barred the testimony of mental health experts. Holmes spent some of August 2013 in a mental health institution for evaluation. The trial was originally due to begin in October 2014, and then December, but both times King successfully got a continuance due to health issues relating to one of his staff.


2. In His Last High-Profile Murder Case, King Has Admitted He Made Multiple Mistakes

Famously, King represented murderer Sir Mario Owens, who got the death penalty in 2008. At the time, Owens was one of only three people on Colorado’s death row, according to the Associated Press. Owens was found guilty of killing Javad Marshall-Fields and his fiancee Vivian Wolfe back in 2005. Marshall-Fields was about to testify in the murder trial of one of Owens’ friends. In October 2014, speaking to the Denver Post, King admitted to mistakes during the trial, including his own performance in court. He blamed this on his office being overwhelmed.


3. He’s Served on Other High Profile Murder Cases

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He also defended killer Jerry Nemnich, reports the Daily Sentinel. In that incident, Nemnich was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the killing of Linda Benson, 25, and her 5-year-old daughter Kelley Ketchum.


4. He’s Been a Public Defender for 20 Years

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According to his LinkedIn page, King has been with the public defender’s office since September 1995. He studied at Boston College and got his law degree from the University of Denver. On the public defender’s website, King is listed as Chief Deputy Public Defender. On that page it’s noted that the office operates with a budget of $83 million.


5. James Holmes’ Trial Is a ‘Referendum on the Death Penalty in Colorado’

Aurora Theater Shooting: Insanity plea acceptedCENTENNIAL, Colo. – On Tuesday, a district judge accepted James' Holmes plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the Colorado theater shootings and agreed to allow the notebook Holmes sent to his therapist as evidence in the trial. Prosecutors will get access to the notebook on June 10. The judge is also considering some 90 motions filed by the defense, including a notice that they plan to request a change of venue. Tuesday's decision on the insanity plea sets the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in an attack during a midnight premiere of 'The Dark Knight Rises' on July 20, 2012. The mental evaluation could take months. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. On Tuesday Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos A. Samour spent about 50 minutes explaining the changes to the formal advisement and the consequences of pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. more at the Denver Channel http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/aurora-movie-theater-shooting-suspect-james-holmes-expected-to-enter-insanity-plea-tuesday ◂ The Denver Channel, 7News, brings you the latest trusted news and information for Denver, Colorado, Mile High and the Rocky Mountains. Our mission is to provide useful, interesting news and updates on breaking news to people in the Denver metro area, all across our beautiful state of Colorado and all over the world. For more download the 7News mobile app: iPhone: http://bit.ly/iOS-kmgh Android: http://bit.ly/kmgh-android2013-06-05T02:45:23.000Z

According to former Denver chief deputy district attorney, Craig Silverman, the James Holmes case is basically a referendum in Colorado on the death penalty. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Sliverman said “For those people who say, ‘Give the Aurora theater killer a plea bargain, let him plead and spend the rest of his life in prison,’ that would be the end of capital punishment in Colorado.” Rick Kornfel, a former federal prosecutor, disagrees, he told the Times “The question is not, ‘Are there crimes heinous enough that, if there’s a death penalty, a death penalty could be an appropriate sentence?’ It begs the question of whether the death penalty makes sense.”