James Holmes, the gunman responsible for the infamous Aurora Theater shooting spree in Colorado last July, has reportedly converted to Islam.
A prison source said Holmes now prays five times a day, reads the Koran for hours, and follows a strict Muslim diet. Holmes was seen in court last month with a large beard, which the source claims represents his new faith.
The same source reported that Holmes converted to his new faith in an attempt to justify his crimes last July that left 12 people dead and 58 people wounded.
“He has brainwashed himself into believing he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels,” the source told the National Enquirer.
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Holmes' conversion is not being well received by many of his inmates.
“None of them condone forms of terrorism or extremism, and they don’t want their religion to be connected to that awful shooting,” the source said.
Holmes, 25, has been charged with 166 counts of murder or attempted murder. Earlier this month, a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Holmes’ lawyers continue to raise questions about his mental health. Earlier this month, it was revealed that he was held in a psychiatric ward for days last fall because he was viewed as a danger to himself. Holmes was often held under restraint during this time.
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If convicted of the crimes, Holmes will either be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison. Prosecutors have not yet said whether they will pursue a life sentence or the death penalty, but they will make their choice known on April 1.
Holmes’ trial is currently scheduled for August 5.