Holmes Trial Comes to a Close

CENTENNIAL – James Holmes was found guilty in the Aurora theater shooting case on Thursday afternoon.

James Holmes shot and killed 12 people and injured at least 70 others during the massacre at the Aurora movie theater during the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012.

The jury in the Aurora theater trial found the shooter guilty.

Jurors received the case Tuesday evening after closing arguments by prosecutors and the defense over whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the attack. The jury started deliberating the case on Wednesday after hearing nearly three months of testimony, including heartbreaking and sometimes gruesome survival stories. The twelve-member jury included nine women and three men. Two of the jury members have close ties to the 1999 Columbine shooting.

After just 13 hours of deliberations, the jury announced they had a verdict. The verdict was read at 4:15 p.m.

Holmes was charged with 24 murder counts for 12 victims. Each murder was being charged twice, under two different legal theories: “with deliberation” and “extreme indifference.”

The trial will now enter a sentencing phase in which the jury must decide between life in prison or the death penalty.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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