James Holmes should be put to death for the Colorado theater shooting because he deliberately and cruelly killed 12 people, including a 6-year-old girl, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday.
Each morning for nearly three months, Sandy Phillips would wake at dawn, drive seven minutes to the courthouse, down a cup of coffee and wait an hour to listen to testimony about why her daughter was shot to death in a movie theater.
Gunman James Holmes was found guilty in the Aurora theater shooting that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured, putting the death penalty option at the center of the courtroom.
Survivors and pubilc officials reacted after a Colorado jury on Thursday convicted 27-year-old James Holmes of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens of others in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012.
Theater shooting survivor Marcus Weaver was brought to tears when the guilty verdict was read in court on Thursday afternoon.
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.
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.
Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial rested Friday, concluding their argument that James Holmes methodically planned and executed the 2012 massacre in a case that relied heavily on victims’ recollections of the carnage he inflicted inside the darkened cinema.
The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial says the jury can hear emotional details from a woman who was paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage in the attack, and whose 6-year-old daughter was killed.
Defense attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes want to severely limit the testimony of a woman who was paralyzed, suffered a miscarriage, and whose 6-year-old daughter died in the attack.