Los Angeles Times

Jury to decide Holmes’ fate


A fifth- grade teacher of Colorado theater shooter James E. Holmes described him as a pleasant, productive student, providing an early glimpse of how defense attorneys will try to save his life.

Paul Karrer gave videotaped testimony because he is unavailabl­e to take the stand during the sentencing phase of Holmes’ trial, which begins Wednesday and could last amonth. The video will be played for jurors later. “Hewas a smiler,” Karrer said. “The kids liked him. Therewas no dark side.”

A jury last week convicted Holmes of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during a crowded midnight movie premiere on July 20, 2012. Now the trial enters a new phase as the jury decides whether Holmes should die for his crimes.

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