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Jury Moves Closer to Sentencing James Holmes to Death for Aurora Movie Theater Massacre

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Holmes was convicted of gunning down 12 people in a movie theater in 2012.

FILE - In this March 12, 2013 file photo, Aurora, Colo., theater shooting suspect James Holmes sits in the courtroom during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo. On Monday, April 1, 2013, prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Holmes. Credit: AP

James Holmes is one step closer to being sentenced to death for opening fire on movie theater-goers during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” more than three years ago.

Holmes was convicted of killing 12 people and injuring 70 when he opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in 2012 during a midnight showing of Batman. He was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier this month.

In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Nearly six months after a bloody rampage in a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead, prosecutors will go to court Monday Jan. 7, 2013 to outline their case against the suspect, James Holmes. Credit: AP In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Credit: AP

The verdict was the second phase of sentencing for the 27-year-old as the prosecution is seeking the death penalty, which requires a third and final phase. During that phase, jurors will determine between the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Holmes initially pled not guilty by reason of insanity.

 

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