Defense attorneys for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday for the Aurora movie theater shooter, urging jurors to consider his mental illness in his sentencing.
James Holmes’ mother insisted Wednesday that she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Aurora movie theater.
“Not a violent person” until the attack on the Aurora theater — that’s how James Holmes’ father described his son as he finished his testimony Wednesday morning.
James Holmes came home on winter break from graduate school looking haggard and making odd facial expressions, but his father didn’t suspect at the time that he was descending into mental illness.
The time has come for jurors to hear whether James Holmes should be executed for killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater. But even if they decide on death, Holmes could spend the rest of his life in prison awaiting capital punishment that never happens.
The fate of the gunman in the Aurora theater shooting was handed over the jury on Wednesday morning after closing arguments on Tuesday. Nine women and three men will decide if James Holmes was sane when he carried out the attack.
Photos of the 12 people who died in the Aurora theater shooting were the last images jurors saw before starting deliberations Wednesday.
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.
Aurora theater shooter James Holmes said Thursday that he has chosen not to testify in his death penalty trial.