Jury re­jects Holmes plea

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

COLORADO theatre shooter James Holmes was con­victed yesterday in the chill­ing 2012 at­tack on de­fence­less movie­go­ers at a mid­night Bat­man pre­miere af­ter jurors swiftly re­jected de­fence ar­gu­ments that he was in­sane.

Holmes, 27, could get the death penalty for the mas­sacre that left 12 peo­ple dead and dozens of oth­ers wounded.

The ini­tial phase of Holmes’ trial took 11 weeks, but jurors needed only about 12 hours to find him guilty on all 165 counts.

The same panel must now de­cide whether Holmes should pay with his life. Start­ing on Wed­nes­day, they will hear what is ex­pected to be a month’s worth of tes­ti­mony over whether he de­serves to die.

Holmes’ par­ents, Ar­lene and Robert, sat silently hold­ing hands through­out the ver­dicts. Af­ter the fi­nal count was read, Ar­lene buried her face in Robert’s shoul­der.

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