James Holmes' apartment was full of homemade explosives

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated September 10, 2015 06:05 PM
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Credit: Colorado District Attorney's Office

New images have been released of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes‘ apartment, which was rigged with homemade explosives discovered by investigators following the July, 2012 theater shooting that left 12 dead and 70 injured.

With the help of a robot, bomb experts defused the neuroscience researcher’s elaborate setup of soda bottles, wires, gasoline and homemade bombs in the aftermath of the shooting in order to make the building safe for residents, who were evacuated, according to NBC News.

The robot entered the apartment and photographed the scene, and a team of experts dismantled the devices over the period of two days, according to USA Today. Police found incendiary devices, 10 gallons of gasoline and about 30 aerial shells used in commercial fireworks. See the robot’s footage of the apartment below.

“This apartment was designed to kill,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said in 2012, according to the newspaper. Oates said Holmes received a “high volume” of deliveries of materials and ammunition. Over the course of four months, Oates said, the suspect had at least 50 packages shipped to his home and to the University of Colorado, where he worked.

Holmes, 27, was formally sentenced in August to life in prison. He was spared the death sentence when the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision.

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