Guilty ver­dict in Colorado theatre shoot­ings

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

CEN­TEN­NIAL, Colo. — A jury has found Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes guilty of mur­der in the me­thod­i­cally planned at­tack that left 12 dead and dozens wounded. The ver­dict means the 27-yearold for­mer neu­ro­science grad­u­ate stu­dent could get the death penalty for the 2012 shoot­ing. Jurors reached their de­ci­sion Thurs­day af­ter de­lib­er­at­ing for about 13 hours over two days. They must now de­cide whether Holmes should be ex­e­cuted or sent to prison for life with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role. Holmes pleaded not guilty by rea­son of in­san­ity, and his at­tor­neys ar­gued he was so ad­dled by men­tal ill­ness that he was un­able to tell right from wrong at the time of the shoot­ings. Pros­e­cu­tors main­tained the at­tack was metic­u­lously planned over months and Holmes knew what he was do­ing.

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