$2m bill for uninsured Batman shooting victim
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 6:04p.m.
By Jenny Suo
The world has had its first look at the man accused of carrying out America's Batman movie massacre which left 12 people dead and more than 50 others injured.
James Holmes appeared in a Colorado courthouse looking dazed and at times, almost asleep, and prosecutors say they may seek the death penalty.
Holmes didn't say a word during his appearance, in fact some questioned if he was even there at all. He looked confused and disorientated.
He didn't make eye contact with anyone during the 12 minute hearing where the judge informed him of the charges he'll soon face.
“[He] committed the offence of first degree murder which is a class one felony under Colorado law,” said the judge.
Prosecutors say they don't know if he was on any sort of medication, leaving experts to speculate on his bizarre behaviour
“There could be some sort of a psychotic process and we see that being acted out there, or there might be some malingering going on, in other words, trying to make himself look worse than he really is,” said psychologist Jeffrey Gardere.
Colorado is a state with the death penalty but before a decision is made on whether to seek it the district attorney plans to consult with victims and their families.
“Victims will be impacted by that decision in an enormous way for years, if the death penalty is sought. that's a very long process that impacts their lives for years and so they will want to have and we will want to get their input,” said prosecutor Carol Chambers.
More than 50 victims will need to be spoken to, of which nine are still in a critical condition.
One of them is Caleb Medley who is suffering both physically and financially.
Mr Medley was shot in the eye and remains in intensive care, while his wife Katie prepares to give birth in the same hospital.
Mr Medley isn't insured and his medical bill could reach $2 million.
And more is becoming known about those who didn't make it - many of whom gave their lives for their loved ones.
Matt McQuinn dove in front of his girlfriend and brother they lived, he died.
Navy sailor John Larimer shielded his girlfriend too, and Jon Blunk pushed his friend to the floor and lay on top of her.
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25/07/2012 1:08:04 p.m.
He's lucky this didn't happen in NZ. ACC managers would be telling him its degenerative or age related. Seriously tho..To all those who suggest a return to "right to sue" and disestablishment of acc, Who would you sue?
24/07/2012 11:48:33 p.m.
John Davis wrote:
$2 million dollars?, the American republican health care system is a unaffordable joke then theres how the drug companys have brought their government so patients have to pay through the nose for their medicine.
24/07/2012 9:37:09 p.m.
How does a guy incur a $2m medical bill in less than a week??? This is what is wrong with US medical care, and what is right with NZ medical care.
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