Father of ‘Dark Knight’ Murderer Says He Didn’t Know Son Was Mentally Ill

robert-didnt-know-james-mentally-ill

The father of convicted “Dark Knight” murderer James Holmes ended a three-year public silence on Tuesday, taking the stand at his son’s sentencing to make a final plea to save him from execution.

Robert Holmes said he and his wife had no idea before the July 2012 theater massacre that their eldest child was mentally ill, or harbored impulses to kill.

The father, a retired financial fraud analyst who admitted to having trouble expressing his own emotions, also said he still loved his son.

Asked by a defense lawyer why, Robert Holmes responded, “Well, he’s my son and, you know, we always got along pretty well and he was actually an excellent kid.”

His testimony, which was to be followed by that of his wife, Arlene, marked the first time either of them have spoken publicly since the shooting, in which their son opened fire in a crowded midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 70.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: MSNBC, Jon Schuppe

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s