Carlos Samour Jr.
The judge who oversaw Aurora theater shooter James Holmes’ trial gave an impassioned defense of the jury and the process Monday after the mother of one of the wounded said Holmes’ life sentence showed more concern for Holmes than for the victims.
At least 100 victims and witnesses are expected to testify about the July 20, 2012, attack’s impact on their lives during shooter James Homes’ formal sentencing hearing.
The jury on Monday kept the death penalty a possibility for theater gunman James Holmes.
The jury in the Aurora theater shooting trial has just decided to move forward to the third phase of the sentencing process.
Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was convicted Thursday in the chilling 2012 attack on defenseless moviegoers at a midnight Batman premiere after jurors swiftly rejected defense arguments that the former graduate student was insane and driven to murder by delusions.
James Holmes was legally sane when he entered a packed movie theater armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, intent on killing as many people as he could, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday in closing arguments at the gunman’s trial.
Attorneys in the Aurora theater shooting trial will have one last chance Tuesday to convince jurors that gunman James Holmes was either a cold, calculating killer or a man so overcome by psychosis that he could no longer tell right from wrong.
Attorneys will present their closing arguments in the Aurora theater shooting trial on Tuesday. On Monday attorneys worked out the final details for jury instructions.
Jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting trial is continuing with attorneys asking prospective jurors about their views on the death penalty and mental illness.
Evidence from Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes’ wallet can be used at his trial, the judge ruled Friday, a victory for prosecutors that could aid their attempts to undermine Holmes’ insanity plea.