Jury rejects Holmes plea
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.