Corbin Dates, a witness to the James Holmes incident in Colorado, told police he saw a red-haired man open the emergency exit prior to the shooting.
According to police sergeant Matthew Fyles, Dates witnessed a male in a front-row seat of Theater Nine of the Aurora Century multiplex, during the July 20 screening of the Dark Knight Rises.
Fyles testified in court Wednesday about the incident, during a hearing to determine whether to go forward with a trial in the case. His testimony about Corbin Dates is compelling, because it's actually derived from an eyewitness who was inside the building during the attack. This story was probably the most interesting tidbit to come out of this hearing this week.
Unfortunately, most of the witnesses haven't come forward to give decent interviews to the press, so there are still many questions left unanswered. There were so many conflicting accounts given in the wake of the James Holmes incident, it's difficult to know what to believe.
Either way, Dates observed a man in the front row, with red hair sticking out from under a cap or bandana, talking on his cell phone. The unidentified man, presumably Holmes, walked toward the emergency exit while still on the phone, and open the door. He kept it ajar with his foot. Dates left briefly, and when he returned the man had disappeared, Fyles testified.