Psychiatrist diagnoses theater shooter with mental illness

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Jurors in the Aurora theater shooting case finished watching video of the shooter's mental evaluation Thursday.

After finishing watching the evaluation, jurors heard from Dr. William Reid, the psychiatrist who performed the court-ordered mental health exam of James Holmes. Reid diagnosed the theater shooter with Schizotypal Personality, which is not full-on Schizophrenia, and acute social anxiety.

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In his opinion, Reid believes that Holmes still knew right from wrong at the time of the shooting, which under Colorado law would mean that he was sane.

"He carefully chose a method of killing that he reasonably believed would result in maximum death with minimum chance that he would be stopped before killing many people," said Reid.

This is an opinion that Reid expressed last week, when he testified that he believed the shooter knew what he was doing, a testimony that led to a mistrial motion that was denied by the judge.

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Defense attorneys representing Holmes began their cross-examination of Reid Thursday afternoon. Reid agreed with defense attorneys in saying that Holmes was not faking mental illness.

The defense's cross-examination is expected to continue most of Friday.

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