​Psychiatrist: James Holmes was sane at time of Colorado shooting

CENTENNIAL, Colo. --James Holmes claims he was insane when he opened fire in a Colorado movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70 -- and therefore, not guilty of murder.

On Thursday, jurors heard from state-appointed psychiatrist William Reid -- and from Holmes himself, in an interview he gave to Reid last year.

"What do you think people, or shrinks, should know about James Holmes?" Reid asked, according to the recording played in court.

"Uh, that I'm kinda shy, I guess," Holmes responded.

Holmes and Reid talked on camera for five days, a total of 22 hours. Prosecutors intend to play for jurors almost all of that interview, by far their most exhaustive opportunity to hear from Holmes himself.

At one point, Reid asked Holmes, "What brings tears to your eyes sometimes?"

"Uh, just regrets," Holmes answered.

"Regret, tell me a little more," Reid probed.

"Um, usually it's before I go to sleep," Holmes said.

"Regrets about?" the psychiatrist wondered.

"Uh, about the shooting," Holmes admitted.

Holmes methodically planned the killings, but defense lawyers claim he was schizophrenic and in the grips of a psychotic episode.

Prosecutor George Brauchler asked Dr. Reid the trial's central question:

"Is it your opinion that on the period of time that is applicable to these proceedings that the defendant, James Eagan Holmes, met the legal definition of legal sanity?"

Reid simply responded, "Yes."

Defense lawyers tried unsuccessfully to block the tape as evidence. Jurors will spend several days getting a different impression of James Holmes, in his own words.

  • Mark Strassmann

    Mark Strassmann has been a CBS News correspondent since January 2001 and is based in the Atlanta bureau.