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.