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.
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SOURCE: MSNBC, Jon Schuppe