James Holmes Match.com: Dating Website Evidence Debated in Theater Shooting Case

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 7, 2013 Updated: October 7, 2013

James Holmes is returning to court Monday for two weeks of hearings focusing on what evidence prosecutors can use against him in the Colorado theater shooting case–including profiles he created on two dating websites, one of which was Match.com.

The online dating profiles included the tagline “Will you visit me in prison?” reported ABC.

Prosecutors searched for evidence on the dating profiles but the defense contends that the searches were done in violation of Homles’ rights.

“The burden is on the prosecution to prove what they did was legitimate and met Constitutional scrutiny,” said legal analyst Dan Recht.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in 2012 at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Some of the evidence in dispute comes from two dating websites where Holmes set up accounts before the shootings. 

The profiles were found after investigators found email addresses in Holmes iPhone, which was in his car behind the theater.

Prosecutors say they plan to use that to show Holmes knew the shootings were wrong, undercutting his insanity plea.

The judge has already rejected one defense attempt to suppress the website evidence.

Trial is scheduled for next year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.